In order to understand why we exist we need to understand the why of evolution. Charles Darwin is noted for his work “On the Origin of Species”. He saw species as engaged in a struggle for food. They retained any useful variations that aided them in that struggle. He did not describe evolution as “survival of the fittest”, a Herbert Spencer did. We evolved first and foremost to be highly efficient food energy gatherers. Desires to survive and re-create our like were and are to protect and preserve our highly evolved state. All species gather energy from their environment and so over time the environment has played a major role in determining evolutionary change.
On the evolutionary tree we humans are not special; we have adapted to our environment and would not last long naked in a jungle, like apes and gorillas do. If we are more important than other species it is only because we are the most destructive of our planet environment.
We have been on earth a mere 200 thousand years. By comparison the dinosaurs were on the earth for 170 million years. Some were carnivores, most herbivores. It was how they got their energy. The extinction of those dinosaurs 65 million years ago made possible our evolution. During the dinosaur age our ancestors were burrow living shrew or mouse like creatures. About 8 million years after dinosaur extinction we shared a common ancestor with the present day chimpanzee.
Long before dinosaurs roamed the earth and about 400 million years ago all life was in the seas. The first land based creatures evolved from sea life. They were able to survive because plant life had begun flourishing on the land about 50 million years earlier. Not only did they survive but they began evolving so as to better gather and compete for food energy in that changed environment.
We humans and all animal and plant life forms are many celled variations of the same eukaryote cell type. Multi celled fossils date as far back as 2 billion years ago whilst fossils of smaller, prokaryote single celled life like bacteria, date to 3.5 billion years ago. Theory has it that eukaryote cells developed from prokaryote cells and that cells originally developed in the warm thermal vents of early rock formations. These earliest cells are said to have been created about 750 million years after the earth had formed, 4.6 billion years ago.
Much research has gone into the how and where of cell development but I am intent on answering the question why cells survived and thrived and I think the answer is simple. Cell fluid structures thrived because they afforded their particle contents a more efficient energy gathering and processing arrangement. The idea of cell particle structures as more energy efficient processors is consistent with my argument that what we regard as non living matter particle structures are seek the most energy efficient processing arrangement. The same argument also explains the hitherto unexplained nature of the gravity attraction. .
There are about 37 trillion eukaryote cells in our human bodies and each cell has about 100 trillion particles in it. They are all cooperating and communicating via energy links because they benefit from the superior energy gathering capabilities of the whole. Each cell has a genome; a DNA instruction set for the whole organism, comprising chromosomes and genes. It enables cells to understand what the whole is about and what their specific role is. It also enables them to maintain, repair and re-create themselves. Cells clearly have intelligence but I say that intelligence resides with their particle contents.
We are also the host to many variations of protokaryote type single celled bacteria whose numbers are greater than our cell numbers. Most are beneficial to us and support our energy processing systems. They get their energy needs from us. They degrade the food we eat, assist in making nutrients available to us, they neutralise toxins and help defend us against infections by protecting the surfaces they colonise.
Our abilities to move about, manipulate objects, to see, feel, hear, smell, taste, remember and decide a course of action all evolved to help us better collect the energy desires of our particle structures. We developed in what were sometimes hostile environments. We were once hunter gatherers and early tribal rivalries were about competing for food resources. Over time we learnt to maintain animal stocks and grow crops to meet our energy needs.
Unfortunately, the evolutionary developments that gave us the means to compete with others so as to satisfy our particle energy needs are being used in ways that may be to the detriment of all species and to our survival. We now have self harming, stressed out societies where economics and greed rule. The rapid use and misuse of resources has a day of reckoning in the future.
If humans could cooperate in just a fraction of the way in which their body particles cooperate we could easily satisfy our particle energy needs, live in secure environments and be able to relax like our pets do. Stress is a signal telling us our particle structures are unhappy with the pressures we place on them. They are the real source of our desires, existence and intelligence and act in the long term in their interests.
The particles of energy within us have been around since the birth of the universe and when we die and are buried or cremated not one of our particles is destroyed. Our particle energies survive in new energy structures, cooperating therein to their mutual benefit and seeking more efficient energy exchange arrangements. They may become some part of another life form.