The force that set creation in motion distinguished humankind from all other life on earth by the gift of a sophisticated cerebral cortex, what I call our “freedom organ.” We discover, store, share, and pass knowledge forward to future generations to make ourselves powerful creators. Knowledge is the discovery of the universal rules of cause-and-effect. Knowledge provides us an understanding of the process of creation and enables us to become creators. The greater our collection of knowledge the more powerful we make ourselves. Our ancestors were intelligent but they lacked knowledge. Consider the godlike power created by our most recent generations as we accelerate the speed at which we accumulate knowledge. We have learned to facilitate conception and increase the likelihood of multiple births. We are teaching ourselves to create life “our way” through cloning. We now decide which species will live and which will become extinct. We have made ourselves rulers on earth and now determine the fate of earth itself. We continue to extend our life span. Our most dramatic current feat is creating a race between Utopia and Armageddon. The U.S. Congress mandated study (The World at Risk) concludes, after interviewing over 250 world experts, that we can expect the use of biological or nuclear weapons, i.e. weapons of ultimate destruction, before the end of 2013. They conclude there is time to prevent the imminent threat if we take urgent action.
Our understanding of the progress of creation from simple to sophisticated inspires us to update the assumptions we make about ourselves. Interpretations influence the way we think, feel, and act. We now see humankind as a work-in-progress beginning with nature’s gift of its latest model brain. Like other organs, it has a specialized function. It is our means to free ourselves from instinct and tradition to assume responsibility for who we are and what we become. Historically and collectively, humankind is elevating itself well above animals. We still have quite a way to go before we teach ourselves the humane goals to which we aspire – kindness, mercy, and compassion, among others. Individually it is quite apparent we are born as servants to instinct. We then benefit or become victimized by our nurturer’s influence to become some combination of nature and our nurturer’s influence. Through our slow progress towards physical and mental maturity, we transform ourselves from helpless, dependent crybabies to powerful creators. We may manage instinct and tradition with self-mastery.
Common sense knowledge and wisdom lead us to the understanding that we are a work-in-progress with a mission. Mental freedom is the power to create alternatives and choose wisely or stupidly from among them. Our explosive growth of knowledge is providing us with creative and ultimate destructive power before we have sufficient wisdom to consistently direct our energy to beneficial outcomes. Our rapid progress towards godlike status has created the urgent need to collaborate in popularizing wisdom, in making common sense common. We have all the intellectual, physical, and technological resources that we need. We only lack sufficient will! Our most urgent work-in-progress is to mobilize our collective will to fill our world with wise creeds and good deeds. If we don’t succeed and there are survivors, we will be remembered as the generation of greed and speed.
Let’s now signal our freedom organ to recognize that we are human becomings. We have progressed beyond the stage of animals and that of our earliest ancestors who could more accurately be described as “beings” rather than “becomings.” Like it or not, the forces that have made us powerful creators have made us responsible for determining our own destiny, that of our loved ones, and even that of Mother Earth. The word-switch “human becomings” can help us recognize our task, inspire us to create a joyous meaningful life for ourselves and our loved ones, and preserve the world for humanity. Can you think of a more important mission? How does this compare with your current priorities?
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