You – like everyone else – has goals you are trying to reach. What is the best way to reach them, given that others have different goals? Do you blindly walk all over everyone else? Of course not! That would just rile everyone else up against you. Pretty soon you would be spending all your time fending off all those enemies on who’s toes you stepped along your way, with little time to spare to actually achieve your goals. But you – and everyone else – are smarter than that. You compromise a little and everyone else does the same. As a result you give up – just like everyone else – a little of your goals and everyone ends up with what is in fact possible. This is just part of what it means not to be alone in the world.

But what lies at the heart of a compromise? Isn’t it the insight that everyone wins by giving up a little bit of his or her own goal in order to assist another to achieve theirs? Are we then not obliged to concern ourselves just as much with ourselves as we are for everyone else? This lies at the heart of compassion, even love. And now let me drop the big one on you. What if I told you that in order to achieve any goal at all we first have to exist, to be, making continuing to be an inescapable, overarching goal necessary for pursuing all other goals.

But what about someone concentrating their efforts on reaching goals that causes them not to be? I mean not now, not immediately, but eventually. Well you could try to talk to them. After all the consequences of their actions might be too distant and difficult for them to recognize. They might just not see what they are doing and you can help them by opening their eyes. But in the end, they may still not see what you see or simply refuse to listen. Then, in your effort to wanting to continue to be, you will have to strike a compromise again. To maximize your own being you will have to consciously give up part of that being to support them in their efforts causing you to be a little less and the other to eventually not to be.

The only hope is then the eventual changing of the other’s mind in regards to their goals causing them to choose a path towards being. Should that fail to occur however, the other would gradual decline into nothingness until those seeking to be more strongly, and by more successful means, remain. Over generations we would find individuals approximating this insight by aligning themselves – consciously or unconsciously – with these dynamics to become ever more prevalent. And as time goes on we expect ever-closer approximations of this insight to become the core tenets of the dominant form of deeply ingrained belief systems.

As surprising as it might sound these dynamics are in fact behind the spiritual teachings of the Bible representing the pillar of one of the most dominant belief systems in the world. To be precise these dynamics are evolutionary dynamics. For what else is evolution but the continued existence of that which seeks being, consciously or otherwise and the eventual extinction of that which doesn’t? “Impossible!” You say. “Outrageous!” But listen to what the Bible says for yourself about the nature of God and sin, love and compassion:

“For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.” Prov 8:35-36

“The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin. Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.” Prov 10:16-17

“But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.” Ps 37:20

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Gal 5:14

For a deeper discussion along these lines, the evolution of our spiritual traditions and in depth analysis of the Bible from an evolutionary perspective read The Evolutionary Perspective – a Transhuman Philosophy.

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