29 Jul (Human) Flourishing
Evolution has much to teach us about what it means to be human and naturally flourish. In this article we explore how a new, globally emerging psychology is mirroring the way nature thrives to unleash whole person and whole planet potential.
Life on earth has been evolving and flourishing for an estimated 3.8 billion years.
To get your head around this time scale — imagine that we compressed the whole history of evolution into a 24-hour day. The story begins at 4am when the first signs of life emerge in the form of single cells. It’s not until 1pm that these cells cohered to create the first cells with internal organelles. At 6:30pm, these life forms created communities and multicellular life is born. At 8:30pm, sea plants begin to thrive and 20 mins later sea life flourishes and incredible diversification takes place.
The first signs of above ground plant life appear just before 10pm, follow by an explosion in land populations. At 10:24pm the first insects appear. Reptiles dominate with less than an hour left. Then come the dinosaurs, until 11:41pm when they suddenly disappear. It’s not until 11:58pm, that humans first evolved from our mammal ancestors, and from there all of recorded human history takes place in the last few seconds before midnight.
What this implies is quite profound: If we are willing to look and listen, the story of evolution has great wisdom to share about what it means to be human and naturally flourish.
Read the full article at The Centre for Humans & Nature.