The name of this blog, Rainbow Juice, is intentional.
The rainbow signifies unity from diversity. It is holistic. The arch suggests the idea of looking at the over-arching concepts: the big picture. To create a rainbow requires air, fire (the sun) and water (raindrops) and us to see it from the earth.
Juice suggests an extract; hence rainbow juice is extracting the elements from the rainbow, translating them and making them accessible to us. Juice also refreshes us and here it symbolises our nutritional quest for understanding, compassion and enlightenment.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Advanced and/or Evolved?

I recently read a book that asked whether we were an advanced or evolved species?  The book noted the difference between "advanced," and "evolved."  I thought, what a useful question to ask.  So, now I pose it here, along with a few comparisons.  What do you think?  Are we advanced?  More importantly, are we evolved?  Are we evolving?


We’ve invented combine harvesters, refrigeration, microwaves.  We are able to grow food using machinery and plant technology.

We communicate with iphones, ipads, and smart phones.  We instantly connect by texts, skype or by tweeting.

We have better sanitation systems, water comes through a tap.  We have flushing toilets and impressive sanitation systems.

In psychiatry  we have developed anti-depressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilisers.

We can fly from one side of the world to the other in less than 24 hours.  There are over one billion cars in the world with car ownership at more than one for every two people in North America, Western Europe and Oceania.

The financial world continues to develop new financial instruments.  Cryptocurrencies have skyrocketed in price.

The world spent $1.68 trillion on arms in 2016.  Just 8 countries account for more than 2/3rds of this expenditure.

One billion people world-wide experience hunger and malnutrition.  Global obesity rates have tripled since 1975 with 650 million now obese world-wide

Yet, we still seem unable to truly communicate with one another.  Communication problems are one of the biggest problems in relationships and in business.

844 million people globally are without access to safe water.

Suicide rates are on the rise, amongst the 3 leading causes of death in some countries.  Depression is a leading cause of disability.

In many parts of the world women and girls spend up to six hours per day walking to fetch water.

Over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 per day.

The number of people killed in wars has tripled since 2008.  Drone warfare and other such technologies is desensitising combatants to killing other humans.  Civilian casualties in war have climbed drastically as a proportion of total casualties.

What do you think?  Advanced?  And evolved?  The ledger above doesn't look good does it?  Perhaps we have invested too much in becoming advanced and paid too little attention to our evolution as a species.

Let me know your thoughts

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