所有的物種都在演化。而演化——效用是觀察出什麼對你們有用(what serves you)的，並做行為上的調整—— 似乎不斷以一個方向在進行，而離開另一個方向：它不斷邁向萬物合一(unity)，脫離各自分離(separation)。
這並沒有什麼異乎尋常，因為，合一是終極的真相，而「演化」和「走向真相」是同一件事，只是不同名稱(unity is the Ultimate Truth, and “evolution” is just another word for “movement toward truth”)。
尼爾：我也注意到「觀察什麼對你們有用，並做出行為上的調整」聽起來有點像「適者生存」(“survival of the fittest”)——我們的指導原則之一！
你說的沒錯。演化是「適者生存」。但那是過程。不要把「過程」和「原則」混為一談 (do not confuse “process” and “principle”)。
反過來說，這物種在清楚了演化是個過程——是一個他們可以控制的過程——時，他們就不會把「過程」和「原則」混淆了，而會有意識的選擇一個原則(consciously choose a principle)來指導它的演化過程。
The point is that all races and species are evolving, and evolution—the purpose of observing what serves you, and making behavioral adaptions—seems to keep moving in one direction, and away from another. It keeps moving towards unity, and away from separation.
This is not surprising, since unity is the Ultimate Truth, and “evolution” is just another word for “movement toward truth.”
Neale: I also notice that “observing what serves you, and making behavioral adaptations” sounds suspiciously like “survival of the fittest”—one of our Guiding Principles!
It does, doesn't it?
So now it's time to “observe” that “survival of the fittest” (that is, evolution of the species) is not achieved, but, indeed, entire species have been doomed—have actually self-destructed—by calling a “process” a “principle.”
Neale: Oops. You lost me.
The process is called “evolution.” The “principle” which guides the process is what directs the course of your evolution.
You are right. Evolution is “survival of the fittest.” That is the process. Yet do not confuse “process” and “principle.”
If “evolution” and “survival of the fittest” are synonymous, and if you are claiming “survival of the fittest” as a Guiding Principle, then you are saying, “A Guiding Principle of Evolution is evolution.”
Yet that is the statement of a race which does not know that it can control the course of its own evolution. That is the statement of a species which thinks itself to be relegated to the status of observer of its own evolution. Because most people think that “evolution” is a process which is simply “going on”—not a process which they are directing, according to certain principles.
And so the species is announcing, “We evolve by the principle of … well, evolution.” But they never say what that principle IS, because they have confused the process and the principle.
The species, on the other hand, which has become clear that evolution is a process — but a process over which the species has control—has not confused “process” with “principle,” but consciously chooses a principle which it uses to guide and direct its process.
This is called conscious evolution, and your species has just arrived there.