I’m glad you brought up the topic of evolution in your recent article "MU researcher helps change view of human evolution" (on bone structure of early humanoids, Feb. 10), if only in the reference made to “our ancestors.”
To assume that all readers would be in agreement with the concept of a descent from the Neanderthals is careless. It is clear in the Bible that the “fall” of Adam and Eve was a fall from the enlivening aspect of the physical form to an actual physical form. That is why they were not aware of their nakedness before the “fall.” It is clear in the Bible that the offspring of Adam and Eve married into humans who were already present on the earth.
Rudolf Steiner (Austrian philosopher, 1861-1925) stated that the so-called “animal man” had made the descent into dense physical form much earlier than did Adam and Eve, and by doing so, they were retarded in their spiritual evolutionary path. Adam and Eve represented a higher (or much higher) octave of spiritual development because they had stayed within an ethereal realm for a much longer time. Nevertheless, they did fall from the unadulterated realms that compose our “Heavens” or “Seven Heavens.”
Steiner goes on to explain that the “fall” was necessary for humans to gain true inner freedom of self, in order to gain an “I,” and while accomplishing this task, they would be required to perceive and redeem the fallen earth through their actions and desire to return to the unadulterated heavens.
It is expected that the physical forms of the “animal man” and humans would be genetically intertwined; so on a physical level, no one on earth could be defined as human or animal. However, such a categorization can be made by observing the level of consciousness of every human being.
I think some humans are more like insects than animals because of their value systems, because of what they think about all day long, because of what they desire for themselves (perhaps at the expense of others), because of their physical actions and level of productivity. However, having an animal consciousness is bad enough, so I’ll say no more.
It is lazy thinking to say whether evolution is true or false. It is lazy thinking to assume that a simplistic interpretation of the Bible is true or false. It is not lazy thinking to observe ourselves and fellow man to see what level of consciousness we are participating in – by choice.
Julia Williams lives in Columbia.