Evolution... Is a very ambiguous term, if you think about it. It could mean a lot of things and on a lot of scales. Now, I'd like to concentrate on the concepts of micro-evolution, macro-evolution and reverse evolution.
Now, if you think of everything you've learned about a human's journey to where we are now and think back to the early stages of development, you'll probably remember that everything was done in groups. Evolutionary movements was synchronized at the time, allowing everyone to move at the same pace. Collective intelligence and all that kind of crap encouraged simultaneous development and the early prototypes of human beings moved more or less together. This is what I'll label macro-evolution, and I'm 140% sure that someone has already done this before me.
If you take a look a the world outside - it won't take long to realize that macro-evolution isn't there anymore. Why? Because capitalism is the dominant ideology. Capitalism injected the 'individual' and placed it on the pedestal above everything else. Of course there is a lot of irony when you take marketing and consumerism into account, which is basically treating people as a demographic, it's the thought of capitalism that counts, and the point is the individual person. The shift from macro-evolution to micro-evolution occurred and capitalism kind of took that whole thing on board.
What you see now is a product, a product of macro-evolution. And it can be both encouraging and dangerous. With enough resources, you can fulfill your potential as a human being, but the way the system works is that while providing ones with these 'resources', it makes them unavailable to others. There might be a poor genius out there who can invent an iPhone app that cooks pancakes and puts syrup on top of them, but he doesn't have the education and the software/hardware to do so. And while not exposing ones to opportunities, it encourages people with exceptionally limited potential to take those resources and use them to make crappy iPhone apps that no one gives a flying fuck about. The iPhone apps are just a small example.
So, exposure to resources can stimulate growth, but it can also encourage a subject to reach a high and stay there. As much as it pains to say this: comfort is a huge problem with a LOT of individuals. Once a degree of comfort is reached, a subject can just stop evolving and start developing the same way technology does these days - not forwards, but sideways. And, in order to stay comfortable, he needs to make sure that there will be people who will always stay below him. Now, on a greater scale, and it's hard to deny, but we need people to do shitty jobs who no one wants to do. So what do you do? Encourage a 'backwards evolution' scenario. Make education harder by introducing distractions - marketing and consumerist culture. This way, it's an individual's fault if he sticks to video games and beer and not education, and it's really hard to put the blame on anything else, since the benefits of an education are more or less obvious.
I really can't be bothered to expand on the whole subject. Really.
Death. A word that brings up mixed emotions in me. A concept that has produced endless fear and fascination. Countless books and movies created and watched on the topic and still, while being exposed to a myriad of points of view, it's impossible for me to settle down on just one.
In a way, each story needs to have a conclusion, and death is exactly that - a conclusion to one's story. It's inevitable. Well, at this time anyway... And... I don't really know what to write anymore. I have either too many thoughts or not enough of them to keep this up.
Мы все тебя любим.