Chapter I - Down to Earth
Evolution backfiring on itself

  One thing's for sure: the unfairness of the universe is something that's bothered mankind so much, that people always felt the need to react accordingly, regardless of the fact that their personal need to retaliate more often than not leads to poverty and war on an international scale, instead of actually rectifying the situation that led to their initial feelings of being judged unfairly.

  Most of people's frustrations and anger are a direct or indirect result of feelings getting hurt somewhere along the way. Be it a dream that was snatched away in front of their very eyes, a dying friend, being outcast because they were different by birth. In fact, any feeling related to loneliness, of being incomplete or incompetent, is perfect soil for buildup of hatred, and/or the urge to take revenge. Wether a tragic loss was one's own fault or not seems irrelevant once an opportunity to retaliate presents itself. The need to protect one's self and one's property has thus become of paramount importance, and with it, the fear to lose one's self and one's property has increased equally.

  At our current point in time, this mechanism has set most 'modern' humanoids out on a quest of personal vendetta against the injustice of nature. While a few of them still fight this battle hand to hand, most of them have become blind to the destruction they cause and have grown unaware of the fact that they're still fighting. When confronted with the consequences (mass starvation, mass poverty, murder, war and all out mayhem), they're most likely to defend themselves using the theory of evolution. They're convinced that it is out of their hands, and that they're barely able to survive themselves.

  Many people have seen that this spiral can only continue to go down and leads to ultimate destruction if we don't break free NOW! Some people have simply always known, as the genetic memories of their ancestors reminded them to avoid this danger at all cost. These people knew that fighting back can only escalate a conflict.

  As conflicts escalate, other possibilities are increasingly ignored, and those people involved are cut off from other options for good. The terrifying danger of our current situation is that, while those parties will finally cut themselves completely off from the outside world in the sense that their only form of communication will be by waging war, we're still sharing the same location: Earth!

Condemned by history or judged by reality

  One option is to do nothing about this, and just sit back and enjoy the ride. Reality will take us wherever it wants, whether we like it or not; the good, the bad and the ugly, and we'll have no way of choosing between 'em at all. Every time a new technology would surface this would mean potential armageddon, for whatever weapon we'll be able to devise next will probably make nuclear missiles look like firework for kiddies. Though this situation will ALWAYS leave an alternative, the alternative is not necessarily evolution again. Sounds frightening? We thought so too. So,...

  The other option is the only that's left. It's to chart reality in order to understand the way it works, and how it affects our lives and our being. If you're reading this, you're probably humanoid or at least otherwise capable of understanding a semantic language. This site is dedicated to exploration of reality from a humanoid's point of view. It's the best we can manage, since most people we know and work with are humanoids. (This is in no way meant as offensive towards any non-humanoid entities that might be reading this, mind you!).

  As the chaotic nature of the universe leads to a perception of fate as being to most probable course of action based on quantity, one could summarize that not acting leads to a fate determined by the current quantities. In English, this means that the combined opinions and ideas we have, will be used in the calculation of the most probable reality. Since the only way to maintain a current state is to quit modifying and make sure that the state cannot fade away in time, the only tool available here is history. By teaching our offspring enough about the state we're supposed to be in, they might turn into good enough copies of ourselves to fit the slots of those who died. As change is the essence of all existence, this approach is somewhat naive (though very heroic indeed).

  Don't get me wrong however, for I'm not condemning those who sit by and watch. They play as much a part of reality as those who choose to act. It is the interaction between both the passive/conservative participants and the active/progressive participants that ultimately defines the direction.

Mechanics of faith and religion

  Those who choose to stick with the viewpoint they derive from their current station in life are destined to be subjected to viewpoints that result from the interaction of those who progressed; you don't need any God or supernatural entity to explain that to you, or you must be on higher ground already. As the conflict between your point of view with that of those who decide to follow another path, doubt is equally predictable.

  As time progresses, the possible amount of viewpoints is most likely to increase beyond comprehension (elementary chaos theory, AGAIN), so there's bound to be one that will be convincing enough to make you change your mind. If you are to maintain a state of mind, all 'new' experiences and encounters that might lead to new opinions should be nullified. Ignoring changes whenever they lead to a different understanding of things is what we call faith. To prevent insanity, one needs at least SOMETHING to be able to rely on and to trust, so a little faith is of the utmost importance as long as one can never establish an absolute truth.

  The danger of faith lies in the ways in which one tries to preserve it. Of course it is very important to have history, or you wouldn't be able to form an idea about your current state of being; everything you'd perceive would be meaningless, since you'd have nothing to compare your present TO. Historians have the tendency however to change the content of their works whenever some conqueror points a gun at 'em, so as long as you can live with the fact that the faith you're trying to preserve has got nothing to do with the exact same faith a few decades ago, using history as your judge might be worth a try.

  Although the very nature of existing makes absolute control an impossibility, understanding reality would go a long way in giving us at least more insight in how to influence our fate. This might even enable us to not only avoid apocalyps, but to start working on the construction of separate realities in which everyone can live their life the way they want to, without denying those who become victims the option of setting up an alternate reality of their own. In order to understand the inner workings of reality, we'll have to find a way to chart it.

  By the time you've reached an age at which you can use language to formulate questions, there's already too much incoherent clutter dominating your perception.

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