The Development of Language -- The Departure from Now
Seven and a half million years ago primates were in crisis. Over-population had demolished the food supply and there were no ready plans for remedy. Out of a desperate response to this crisis, those involved began grasping for solutions. Living and climbing in mangroves was the lifestyle and grasping was natural—standing up was the next grasp. It took these individuals the next four million years to master the art and science of standing and walking on the back legs—during which time the front feet became hands that started manipulating the world around them. This is what saved these creatures who now migrated greater distances to forage for new food.
In the midst of this massive growth period, just under two million years ago, the now bi-pedal hominids began using existing fire. It took another million years to master the ability to make fire and with this community began to form. Clans and tribes gathered for the warmth and comfort of these fires and with this arose indicative language—short burst language that indicated immediate needs was born.
This was five hundred thousand years ago and this indicative languaging continued until two hundred and fifty thousand years ago when we began to string these words together. From indicative language we then developed communicative language as we put together strings of words. But still, our world never ventured outside of now. It could only communicate what was taking place in the moment, but as we continued developing this communicative capacity, two new things took place. Our frontal lobe expanded at an astounding rate because we needed more memory space to hold the words we were stringing together. And as we built more memory space something else happened, we began to cross reference this memory. The moment we began to cross reference memory, we began to take ourselves outside of now and into a world of concepts. Since memory is not stuck with just now, it can transport an idea from one moment to another and from one place into another.
This had everything to do with igniting our intelligence which we proudly refer to today as human intelligence. We couldn't have landed someone on the moon, or create electric energy if we hadn't expanded our intelligence in this way. But it had a side effect—it separated us from the moment and then from each other . . . the clans, tribes, villages and communities all disappeared in the wake of these concepts and we were left with the disconnected planet we inhabit today.
The same thing happens to a child. When a child reaches the age of about three years old, it begins to wander from the security of the moment and string sentences together. The brain then produces concepts . . . a concept is an imagined reality, a remembered reality, or a projected reality that is being moved from one moment to another moment. But these moments outside of now do not actually exist except in thought, and living in a world that doesn’t actually exist is not actually living.
This is one of the greatest challenges for today’s human beings . . . the only moments that exist are now. The moment you move a concept into a time other than now, you disassociate yourself from your life . . . not only from this moment, but from everything that is in place to coordinate and register this moment. Imagine: this means everybody and everything in your entire world.
It is definitely time for us to re-evolve back into this moment in time and this sector in space from the illusional journey that we have been on for all these millennia. As soon as we do this we will start taking care of now and everything in it.