We have entered the third millennium, still we have not been able to solve the greatest mystery of life—the origin of life. In the past 50 years or so, a series of our most brilliant men have been struggling to postulate a universally acceptable theory about origin of life but all in vain. In spite of our best efforts we have been unable to recreate that first spark life neither are we able to put forward a convincing alternative theory
If we take a broad look at all the happenings in this universe, we can find three aspects standing out—logic, symmetry and repetition (cyclic). All said and done, there is a definite logic in all that is happening around us, be it earthquake in Turkey or American bombing in Iraq. As each of them happens, we feel sad and disillusioned. But when historically put together, we find all such events do fall in place and the overall picture looks logical. There is always a certain direction but quite often we fail to identify it momentarily, but realize it historically.
All these years, we have believed that a freak lightning kindled the first spark of life in a peculiar organic mixture millions of years ago. However, we have not been able to repeat that experiment in spite of much effect. All this while, one theory that gained universal acceptance in the mind of all literate men the world over is Darwin’s theory about evolution of mankind. Save for the fundamentalists, almost the entire world has come to accept it as the truth. Quite interestingly, the oldest surviving religion viz. Hinduism covers it well in its various scriptures and beliefs. The ten incarnations (avatars) of the lord starting from fish and close friendships of Lord Rama with monkey clans (in the epic Ramayana) in the not-so-distant past are just glimpse of this.
Evolution of life so far has been highly logical and it is well documented. It leaves very little room for any doubts or disbelief. A whole lot of living things have since evolved and the full spectrum is truly mind boggling. But what we need to look at now, as members of the mankind, is about our evolution at least in the last two millenniums. It is very important to do so because of three reasons:
Have we evolved in a desirable direction so far?
Who is at the forefront of the evolution chain right now?
Where do we go from here?
Opinions will vary among social scientists about all these aspects but it is most significant to identify who is ‘leading the evolutionary chain’ at this point of time. This is very important because a whole lot depends on these ‘evolutionary’ leaders (not revolutionary) as to where we are headed for. If we think that Americans are leading then we are heading in one direction and if North Korefront, are the leader, it is another. Also if White men are at the forefront, we are heading in one direction and it is different it is different if Yellow men or Blacks are the true leaders. Individually also, it matters as to who is the most evolved? We need to point out the role models to our children.
It is universal law when nothing else seems working; the nature takes its own course. This phenomenon can take any form viz., a massive earthquake or epidemic or crashing into a black hole. As it has always been proven, only the fittest will survive and the fittest need not necessarily be the mightiest, as some of us believe. Instead of waiting for that eventual intervention of Mother Nature, perhaps it is worthwhile now for another Darwin to identify the best amongst us and guide mankind in the right direction. There is definitely much reason for hope in our worldwide scientific communities who have already evolved as international citizens.