When understood in its entirety, from the flaring forth of the big bang, through the emergence of our solar system, through the evolution of life, and up through the development of human society and culture, the grand narrative of evolution carries an unmistakably spiritual message. This message is discovered as we begin to appreciate the unfathomable value that evolution has produced in the course of its development—value that has increased exponentially and built upon itself for billions of years. Evolution’s prolific generation of qualitative novelties reveals its essentially progressive character. And as we come to clearly see how evolution progresses, this reveals evolution’s purpose—to grow toward ever-widening realizations of beauty, truth, and goodness.
As biologist Terence Deacon observes, “To be human is to know what it feels like to be evolution happening.” This insight reveals how evolution is not outside of us or beyond us; we experience the impulse of evolution directly and regularly whenever we are motivated to improve our lives and help others. And because we can feel the evolutionary impulse within our own hearts and minds, we know accordingly from our own experience that evolution is inherently teleological and purposive. Thus, if we want to discover evolution’s purpose, we need only look within ourselves. Our purposes are its purposes.
Steve McIntosh is the author of Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution. He is an original member of the Integral Institute think tank, and has taught integral philosophy to a wide variety of audiences. In 2008 he was invited to join the Evolutionary Leaders group spearheaded by Deepak Chopra. He is also the CEO of Now & Zen, Inc., an international manufacturing company marketing “natural lifestyle products”, including his famous Zen Alarm Clock. The working title of his upcoming book is Evolution’s Purpose: An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins.
Steve is a long-time participant in progressive culture, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. He has had a variety of successful careers including practicing law with one of the nation’s biggest firms and working as an executive with Celestial Seasonings tea company.
He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two sons
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