"Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points." ~D.T. Suzuki

Thursday, February 2, 2012


I Love Life.

We are all aware of the experience of life. Life is great and its happening all the time. If you're reading this, presumably you're alive and hopefully awake. What I mean by this is you have a conscious sense of this experience. Human intelligence, (the emotional and rational aspects together), has played an important role in our evolution and success so far.

Biology, the study of life, includes the entire context in which we live and our reponses to it. Biology is all about the biotic (living), the plants and animals but also the abiotic (non-living), the entire ecology, our world and the universe it's in. This is the context of our life. All of the aspects of our life, or our ecology, together with their often dynamic relationships are the context in which we live. You, your food, the air you breathe, all the plants and creatures, human or otherwise that share this experience with you, the climate, landscaspe, nature... everything. You know and can appreciate these things because you are a living human. But as a human (Homo sapien) you have a capacity to learn and experience... to grow wiser. Humans know because our evolutionary adaptations have allowed us to be aware, ask questions and look for answers. We can be aware of a greater quantity of information and be more aware of higher value, thus expanding our abilities and wisdom. So, how can you resist not being interested in learning and experiencing more about life?
Why is there life? What is the nature of life? Where does it come from? How does it all work and hopefully, can I get an idea of where life is going? These are some of the kinds of intriguing questions that are my passion. I cherish and value all living things but in particular I love us… human beings. So, given my fascination with life, I guess it's no surprise that many years ago I got into evolutionary biology and in particular hominid anthropology.
I will be writing on these topics (and other things) in the hope that sharing and discussion will mutually increase awareness. And that awareness, will lead to a richer and more deeply experienced life.

© 2012 MU-Peter Shimon

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