life beyond functional

14 instead of giving your best ...

The yellow life, or world, involves asking questions.

‘Answers cure you; answers help you. Asking
questions makes you feel alive.’*

As a species, Humans have been given an opportunity to step outside natural selection.  How will we use this possibility?

Alex McManus observes whilst we are not the only species on the planet which develops culture,** ‘the power of [Human] cultural creativity has brought us even farther faster.’

Other species may be capable of culture, however, their day-to-day reality appears to be one of surviving and procreating (which is itself still an extended form of surviving).  Humans are different.

We are makers and inventors to the extent that we couldn’t live in the way we want to without our technology.^  Behind this lies free will and choice, and whilst some question whether free will exists, choice certainly does,^^  and it makes sense when it comes to Human creativity and innovation.⁺

We consider our world and the stars and we ask questions, within a great Human conversation spanning tens of thousands of years.  There appears to be no end to the questions we can think of asking, and perhaps our asking of questions and the kind of questions we ask are the only way we can comprehend the enigma that is being Human.

We are asking questions of life at the levels of the genome and creating life and  not only are we replicating life, but we are developing technological life which increasingly can exist without us – it’s not Human life but it is arguably life.  And we are increasingly integrating these technological, genetical, and pharmaceutical advancements into our bodies because we see how they can take us to places we can only reach in our imaginations at the moment..

Beyond the functional, get by life, it seems there is a bigger, more Human life available.  It’s been made available to every Human – though we have to work hard to spread it to our global tribe – and there are some big questions being asked about what tomorrow’s Humans will look like.

(*From Albert Espinosa’s The Yellow World.)
(**Some Orca pods develop hunting techniques not common to the entire species; some chimpanzees have begun wearing grass in their ears, copying a member of their troop.)
(^From our flint scrapers and bone needles, to our homes and clothes, to our timepieces and spectacles, to our phones and books, we are a species that has always lived with technology.)
(^^Many who do believe in the (more abstract concept of )free will see it as something primarily as moral but don’t tend to mention creativity, so Alex McManus’s take that the more concrete choice is about both creativity and morality makes an intriguing course of exploration in Humanness.)
(⁺Nassim Taleb see technology as the result of anti fragility, ‘exploited by risk takers in the form of tinkering and trial and error.’ – people who seize the opportunity, then, to go farther.)

 

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4 thoughts on “life beyond functional

  1. Nice!

    Your part about:
    “We are asking questions of life at the levels of the genome and creating life and not only are we replicating life, but we are developing technological life which increasingly can exist without us – it’s not Human life but it is arguably life.”

    Reminded me of this thought experiment:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus

  2. Exactly. You won’t be surprised that the Ship of Theseus was explored at The International Mentoring Network’s Immersion last month.

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