Session 3 – Like an Apple on a Tree

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If we examine Nature, we see that Nature has a great concern for each element, to develop it correctly. We, as parents, have great love for our children. We want to give them the best. We put our whole lives into it. We develop all kinds of systems for them. Actually, the whole world works only to promote children so they have a better life. But we are not succeeding.


And yet, Nature provides us with all the means. It's given us love. Without love, we wouldn't pay attention to our children. But we love them, just as animals love their offspring. In other words, Nature, which tends to the development of every single element, relates to each of these elements, to all creations, in a very special way. On the one hand, it prompts them to grow safely, well, and favorably. This is why Nature instills in parents a strong instinctive love for their children, and we have no choice but to take care of them.


On the other hand, if we consider the human species, we see that we are not succeeding. If we examine a fruit on a tree, we see that at the beginning of its growth, it is very unpleasant, and not tastyat all. But as it grows and ripens, it becomes handsome, fragrant, and sweet, and good to eat, far from its initial unripened state.


Perhaps we are also like a fruit up on a tree—going through such forms of development which have not reached their conclusion, which haven't ripened? Perhaps we're like an apple, which is still green, hard, and sour, on its way to becoming a beautiful, ripened fruit. But we just don't have the experience to know how it will eventually turn out.


We can actually see a similar "ripening" with humans. When a child is small, it is uneducated and weak. It takes 15-20 years for the child to grow, and only then, is it qualified for life, knowing how to do things, and learning even more, to the point at which it can even change the world.


Animals do not advance in the same way. An animal is typically prepared for life after developing for only a few weeks after birth. However, it doesn't advance much after that. It remains an animal, knowing only how to take care of its needs instinctively. It doesn't grow and develop continually, or change itself or the world.


Therefore, we can conclude that our development—like that of a fruit—is gradual. And the more "sour," the more corrupt it is in the beginning, the sweeter the result will be in the end. And the more stages there are in its development, the more complex will be the final state, and the greater the achievements will be.

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Topic

Humanity's development can be likened to that of an apple. From a state of being unripe and having a bad, sour taste, it will come at the end to a completely ripe and sweet state.

Main Points

  • Nature takes care of the development of all the individuals in it by imprinting love in parents, and a great concern for their offspring.
  • The greater our initial sourness and corruption, the finer and sweeter our final state will be.

References

"Symbiosis, the "living together of differently named organisms" is far more important in the evolution of life and the functioning of organisms and ecologies than the competition-centric views of Darwin's early defenders asserted, and may be the key driving force in the evolution of life on earth."

Summary of: Darwin's "Blind Spot: Evolution Beyond Natural Selection"

Human society is an intellectual and spiritual phenomenon. It is the outcome of a purposeful utilization of a universal law determining cosmic becoming, viz., the higher productivity of the division of labor.

Ecosystem Paper: "Society as Ecosystem - Assessing the Metaphors of Human Social Organization"

"The different branches of science combine to demonstrate that the universe in its entirety can be regarded as one gigantic process, a process of becoming, of attaining new levels of existence and organization, which can properly be called a genesis or an evolution."

quotes on spaceandmotion.com

"we should all hope that human beings, who, of all of the species that have ever existed on the Planet Earth, have evolved into a relatively high stage of intelligence and of conscience, would be intelligent enough to bring this evolution to a higher level of global morality."

Lecture: "For a Better Global Civilization"

Engage Yourself

The Baylor College of Medicine, a U.S. medical school, conducted an experiment where they let women view pictures of their children and other children. In some of the pictures the children were smiling. MRI and blood tests indicated that when a mother is watching a picture of her own child smiling, the hormone dopamine is secreted into her blood, which is a hormone that is secreted during the sensation of pleasure. No similar reaction was observed while observing pictures of  other children smiling. The secretion of dopamine is caused by a feeling of joy in the mother.

Question 1: How does this study reinforce the principle that nature takes care of the development of each and every individual in it?

Question 2: Are you aware of another study emphasizing the point in Question 1? If so, please describe it briefly and provide a link to it below. (There are several studies, so even if you do not know one from memory, you can use this link to assist you in finding another study.)

Question 3: There are times when it seems that parents do not treat their children with love? What could be the reasons for that? (If you haven't already done so, please read the Baylor College of Medicine experiment in the link above the first question, since your answers to this question can be based on the study of the Medical College).

Specify "another emotion," if selected.

Question 5: How does nature take care of the development of all the individuals within it?

Question 6: How is humanity like an apple?

Question 7: How is human evolution different from the evolution of animals?

Question 8: One of the messages of this lesson is that in our current state we are like a green, hard, and sour apple, which no one knows will later grow into something good. Do you identify with this message? (Choose the answer that best describes how you feel):

If you selected "Other," please specify: