We are all the products of many things, among them, our environments, our experiences, our mother’s pregnancies, and – this last one is what binds us together as a species – our DNA. Our DNA is primal, primitive even. We share most of it with much of the animal world. DNA is an evolving thing; humanity now looks different from the way it looked thousands of years ago; there are even calculable differences that can be detected from only a couple of centuries ago.
We are all, also, the products of what I call the Spirit that gives us life. This ineffable energy – whatever it may be – that, because energy can neither be created nor destroyed – comes and goes. So we end up being, just as the old Police song once proclaimed, Spirit in the material world; our bodies are our most intimate manifestation of that material world. I have long suspected that Spirit has its own kind of DNA and if that is so, it differs noticeably from our physical DNA because the prime motivating factor in the conglomeration of DNA that we call our bodies is individual survival (because bodies die). Spirit has no such imperative. Spirit is a unified Whole with many facets. Humanity, at its core level, can never be as Whole as can Spirit, simply because it consists of billions of distinctly separate parts.
Because our bodies are infused with Spirit, though, we feel an intrinsic longing to be Whole. Some say that this is why we are here on earth, in bodies, to meet that challenge, to rise above the very specific and narrow concerns of the physical bodies that make us up so that we can truly sense the oneness that is at the core of our beings. To do this, we need to surmount primal fear.
Primal fear is what our DNA generates to keep each-one-of-us alive; it is a very individual thing. When you hear stories about people who have sacrificed themselves to save others, you are hearing a story about a person who has conquered that fear for the sake of something greater than him or her self, for the sake of a species that moves ever closer to the name it will one day carry, homo spiritus. Only by transcending primal fear will we, as a species, get to the place that we were designed to go.
Avoid news stories that are designed to induce fear. Eschew politicians that spout rhetoric involving safety, security and protection. Duck out of conversations that are geared towards that kind of negativity. Investigate if you are curious, search out information if you are so inclined, but remember to be alert for phrasing that is designed to trigger your primal fear. Educate yourself about the world you live in and about a media that has been constructed to grow itself by stimulating the primal survival fears of its audience. In doing so, you will be rising above the DNA of our ancestors, laying the groundwork for our descendents to one day actually experience that oneness for which we all long.