All that makes us greatly uncomfortable, like the scourge of extremism and its repercussions, is easily understandable, if one is to read the fundamental nature of life, a little differently:
-- Mating, an indispensable part of evolution, actually consist of three parts, pre-union preparation, union proper or the exchange of gametes, and the post union unrest. All around the animal world, males are reluctant to participate in this pairing, due to the loud and clear anti-male ambience of post union stage. Therefore nature has to forcibly bring the male to the mating arena, circumventing the reluctance with the help of a dedicated season and other endearments through the female.
-- The only escape from the dreadfulness experienced during the post union stage of every instance of mating, is to evolve to next species.
-- New species therefore evolve, with more and more opportunities of allaying this dreadfulness, which amazes us by showing an “increase in complexity, as evolution moves ahead”
-- In the case of the final species of life, man, the escape route is a two forked approach.
The first and formost one, is a pre-emptive step. Stretch, whatever may be of interest to him, to its limits and immerse in it. Which is the origin of the large collection of formalities, niceties, as well as forms of extremism, including the few that are a grave threat to happy living, and the many that are helpful, enjoyable or life saving.
Another one is to keep women always well suppressed such that if at all they express signs of dissatisfaction, it shall not be crossing certain threshold of oppressiveness necessary to upset the man.
However, discovery of VIAGRA has introduced a major non-linearity into the smooth flow of life, by having the potential to bring its facilitator, the dread of male female union, under human whims and fancies. This will in effect, render ‘all forms of extremes’, redundant, leading to unpredictable consequences.
(When writing this book, I never thought the ideas presented here in a lighter vein will prove to be of great significance, more so to the present global happenings.)
There is now a need to revisit evolution and study deeply, the manifestation of different elements that take part in the trouble-free progression of life. What we need to look for is a promoting agent. Let us try to simplify matters a little. Look for undocumented and unobserved peculiarities in the character and living habits of all forms of life. For, it is clear, if we assume that all known, different facets of life and evolution have been satisfactorily explained, a detailed study of undocumented elements is quite likely to lead us to our destination. In short, let us once again study life, right from its beginning, the very start of evolution. And let us look for a sign showing a ‘want’ to evolve.
So far, nobody would have felt the need to look for a starting point for evolution, since evolution has been seen only as a natural process with no specific cause. It is considered as an event set in motion and promoted, more or less solely by environmental factors. I have come across many arguments in favor of such a view. I think these are all quite flimsy, like the logical reason behind the long neck of giraffes - that these animals like to eat leaves of tall trees. (This evidently is not a worthy reason. It is more natural to conclude that because of long necks, these animals found it easier to survive on the leaves of tall trees.) In short, giving the prime position to environmental factors is plainly counter-intuitive. You see, something can happen only when it is initiated.
Even if we agree with all exponents of the origin of life, who maintain that evolution can be initiated without a specific spark, there is only one possibility for the continuation of life. Every living being, showing at all times, a specific desire to evolve. This and many other features exist, in each individual being’s unique, unconscious, and repetitive way of responding to (or avoiding) the main tasks of living. Another interesting fact is that this is true for all forms of life. Further investigation has become a necessity now. More so, since quite a few of these features do not find a mention at all, in related books.
As most of these are linked with the progression of life itself, it is only proper, if we begin our study by asking a rather fundamental question in this regard.
What is the root cause of evolution? Why should beings evolve?
What is in vogue is to answer such questions, pointing to environmental changes which in turn promote genetic changes. Ever since the publication of ‘On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life’ by Charles Robert Darwin, many studies have gone into the mechanism of evolution. His theory still holds, successfully facing the many challenges posed mostly in connection with the finer details of its materialization. Of course, the alterations and additions contributed by scientists such as Gregor Mendel, deVries, Haldane, Dobzhansky, Futuyma and several others standing in good stead.