Why we exist requires an understanding of 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.
Life evolved first and foremost because its structures were superior energy gatherers and processors. Desires to survive and protect in sometimes hostile environments evolved to support that energy gathering role. The ability to recreate evolved because life’s particle structures liked the energy processing advantages they had. All species gather energy from their environment and so understandably the environment has always and continues to play a major role in determining evolutionary change.
On the evolutionary tree we humans are not special; we have adapted to our environment. We would not last long naked in a jungle like apes and gorillas do. We may regard ourselves as superior life forms yet we are also 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. Some 8 million years after their 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 forms were 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 some 4.6 billion years ago.
We would describe ourselves and other evolved life forms as proactive and so must regard the earliest of cell life forms from which we came as proactive. Those earliest cells were able to evolve because much energy was present along with the right mix of basic atomic elements in a fluid form. So how did reactive inanimate particle structures become proactive living cells? The answer is they didn’t. Atomic particles were always proactive living nodes of energy, seeking and processing energy. Particles came together and thrived in cell fluid structures because they were more efficient at gathering and processing their energy desires.
Particle energy nodes proactively seek energy. If free to do so particle structures will move toward energy releasing particle structures. It is the very nature of gravity. But particles don’t want excess energies either. If when moving close together particle structures are unable to make for more energy efficient arrangements they will proactively and increasingly exchange energies so as to slow their approach and move apart. Forces between structures are the proactive actions of energy linked particles that release photons with the intent of moving the structures apart. They do this to avoid excessive photon energy absorptions and to go in search of a more stable energy exchanging location. In the Large Hadron Collider particles move at near light speed because they want to get away from the light speed photon energies that are pushing them. Those pushing photons compress the fragments of energy that make for the pushed particle.
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, comfortable environments and 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 will 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 continuing to seek more efficient energy exchange arrangements. They may become some part of another life form. Our particle energies don’t die.