Balance and evolution
This is without a doubt one of the best examples of the universal search for
balance, caused by continuous environmental imbalances. Interestingly so, the
imbalances in this instance are based on the very basic survival dynamic which
drives the continuous attempt to correct imbalances.
Essentially the definition of evolution is .. adaptation to
survive. An adaptation which is usually driven by an environmentally created
imbalance, requiring such adaptation for the very survival of any particular
This in mind however I would suggest that evolution is usually simply based on
one principle, "the strongest will survive" or "survival of the
fittest". This unfortunately could have a rather wide interpretation. It
can therefore be considered that there appear to be 3 core abilities which seem
to enhance the chance of success of any particular species.
- Physical prowess and virility.
In this instance, it is fairly obvious that the physical strength, size,
ability, and obviously the ability to procreate plays a significant role.
Surprisingly enough in this instance it must be said that, in species that
have survived there appears to be a balancing act. This specifically in
respect of size versus virility. The smaller the species in physical size
the more virile and successful the procreation. And in smaller species the
focus seems to be on survival of the species rather than an individual
(ants, rats, mice etc). This however seems to change the larger the
species become in physical size, which results in less young per cycle.
And similarly the longer the procreation cycle. Who's doing better?
Difficult to say, as it clearly depends on the environment and
circumstances. In my opinion, mass procreation is far more successful,
think of ants, cockroaches, etc. It must however be remembered that other
factors also play a major role in the survival feat.
- Mental agility
This is also fairly obvious. The more intelligent the species, the better
it's ability to survive, it being a game of him or me, the more
intelligent will outsmart the lesser and possibly win the survival game,
even over the larger and stronger, or smaller and more virile. The most
obvious, and known, example of this is obvious - the human race. Here
again you are likely to find the virility versus mental ability balance.
The more intelligent the species, the less babies are necessary to ensure
the survival of the particular species. Surprisingly this is also true
within one single species. The human species again being a prime example. Typically
you will find that your less intelligent individuals are likely to want,
and have more children than the more intelligent counterparts. (of course
there are exceptions to this rule, which are dictated by cultural
differences… These differences however could also easily have stemmed from
this survival need)
One of the most significant catalysts for evolution has been the
environment. In this instance this is meant in the broadest possible
sense, which will include, basic weather conditions, sources of food, and
shelter, and in general, threats that are posed to individual and species
survival. This may result in something as subtle as a dietary change,
which may result in the development of a different digestive system. The
issue here however is how adaptable the species is to environmental
conditions. Can it survive the requirement for change of diet, or
difference in temperature, or a specific type of threat? This in my
opinion remains probably the most interesting area of evolutionary
catalysts, as this is clearly visible in our environment as we know it
today. All the species that are typical of a specific topographical area,
has adapted to the temperature of that environment. The prey, food in that
area is adapted to escaping, or avoiding capture, through the right
combination of strength, agility and virility. Similarly the predators of
that same environment have adapted to successfully capture the prey of
that environment. A nice example of a species in evolution at this time is
the Panda bear. Whilst having a mouth and digestive system of a carnivore,
it does not eat meat, but plants including bamboo. Strange I would say.
Why not just stick with meat, like other carnivores? Whilst I do not have
the scientific and statistical answer to this question, I would suggest
that it is my belief that this animal was likely to have been subjected to
environmental conditions requiring it to change it’s diet, or become
extinct. Obviously an evolutionary choice was made, and has now become so ingrained
in the species' DNA over time, that the diet, is non carnivorous now. Of
course considering the survival state of this species, one has to wonder
if this was really the best evolutionary choice… Something to think about
Keeping all of this in mind it is also clear
that environmental conditions, usually cause one or more of the above factors
to come into play, and over a period of time resulting in whole new species of
life being born.
It is with this in mind however, that we are able to understand
that even evolution is a constant dance of balance. The environment changes,
due to some planetary imbalance, the species living in the environment are
forced to adapt to survive, and in so doing correcting another imbalance. And
round and round we go..
Author Bio :
The author, Pieter Heydenrych is a Reiki master who maintains both sites Learn how to meditate as well as The Order of Perfect. In both instances the sites are dedicated to enlightenment and the spread of knowledge to all who wish to learn.
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