The continuing event of human-evolution is the adding-to, or the application of layers of experience and knowledge to that which has gone before. It does not entail, nor require, nor demand, the replacement of that which ‘is’ with something freshly-minted.
However, to add something new as a layer of understanding to that which ‘is’ becomes a positive evolutionary act that leaves us seeing what is ‘new’ in terms of what has gone before.
Human-devolution, on the other hand, notwithstanding anything in the credo of Michael A. Cremo, is a negative event which relinquishes entirely all that has evolved and been learned, in order to substitute it with that which is simply a desired notion.
Perhaps I am a Utopian Pessimist… the only other possibility I could imagine would be that I am an Altruistic Misanthrope… but watching an ever increasing wodge of humankind chasing their own blue-arses around the world demanding ‘Respect!’, generates my own, proportionately growing, disrespect for that same wodge.
In Yorkshire, one would often encounter the expression… ‘There’s nowt queerer than folk!’, and if one takes the trouble to take a good look about one’s world, one sees abundant evidence of superficial layers of affected behaviour dominating each of these folks perception of reality, to the extent that what actually exists becomes entirely invalidated. Surely, what is ‘actual’ cannot simply cease to exist, but simply become ‘out of mind’… invisible, as it were, playing no part in the perceived-reality of the individual… a perceived-reality which is, in essence, a lie.
It is extremely easy to wallow in such a self-designed, saccharin world and many do, to the exclusion of all that is actual, with the ‘Great Lie’ being the very denial of its existence. What sticks in my craw is the way that this ever increasing wodge of blue-arsed humankind demands that their ‘Great Lie’ be treated with the utmost ‘Respect!’ or face the consequences.
It is often said that a lie told often enough soon becomes accepted as the truth… so are lies and truth simply different expressions of the same thing?
Picasso once said… “Art is the lie that reveals the truth.” Is he in fact suggesting that the lie is in reality the Truth?
“Hell is other people.” says Garcin… he could well be speaking specifically of that ever increasing wodge of blue-arsed humankind.
“Well, well, let’s get on with it.”