From bees to God

Where is organic life heading towards?

I have been using bees to further my insights in philosophy.

Three purposes of organic life

Bees, as does all organic life, has three purposes: to live, to grow, to create.  To live is a self-evident truth, under normal rules (that is when it does not involve creation) the choice of all organic objects is life over death.  To grow is another self-evident truth, all organic objects grow from seed or baby to adult; every organic object is evolving under the influence of strife to stay in the competition of life.  To create is an interesting purpose, which seems to be the overall motivating goal of all organic objects, to reproduce again, to the extent that an existing organic object will sacrifice its own life so that a new replica of itself can exist.


The ultimate question is “Why”? What is the point of this merry-go-round of life of being born, living, growing and creating, followed by death? Why did inorganic matter like dust, rock and gas decide it would be a good thing to become intelligent, organised organic objects?  In my opinion it is a nonsense to think a supreme being decided to go organic one day; supreme beings apparently are perfect, have no needs, and yet are said to create something that they need to worship them, and apparently they suddenly feel threatened by – Duh! An alternative explanation by science is that organic objects are random, accidental and without meaning.  Though the scientific explanation is plausible compared to that of the supreme being explanation, it is only human opinion, and could be wrong.  Bees would disagree that their purpose is meaningless, they are too busy living, growing and creating.

Learn by observing the “common” in action

If Heraclitus was alive he would say to me “observe”, find the “common”.  So through observation, what is the common behind the activity of organic objects? The first observation is that organic objects and inorganic objects are made of the same material: hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon… The second observation is that there is a difference between a “living” person and a corpse. The third observation is that a corpse has lost its ability to self organise, be intelligent and recreate itself; a party is in full swing as other organic objects devour and recycle the corpse to feed their own life, growth and creativity.  The fourth observation is that organic matter is of a higher quality than inorganic matter in that it is intelligent, more complex, more organised, more able to adapt to changing situations through choice and doing good action that benefits its purpose.

Inorganic matter becomes organic matter

Human beings are the next level up above all known organic objects, in that humanity has stepped beyond mere live, grow and reproduce creativity, but is launching a direct assault upon inorganic matter, converting it into amazing objects like the Mona Lisa or steam trains.  There is an apparent focus in converting the inorganic matter into organic matter, a type of matter that is intelligent, self organising and creative.  Nature wants to go organic.  But why? Is dust and space rock enough? What is going on?

Humanity becoming God

Three developments in the areas of creativity shows an amazing evolutionary leap of organic objects, as expressed by humanity.  The first is that humanity has moved beyond the boundaries of our planet, star-trek-style, and has aspirations to colonise the moon and Mars bringing life to what is nearly or dead inorganic locations.  The second development is that mankind is getting tantalisingly closer to creating organic life out of inorganic matter in godlike fashion.  The third development is artificial intelligence in machines, step by step creating intelligent self-aware minds out of inorganic material.  I observe organic objects are acting as catalysts turning inorganic matter into organic, intelligent, self-aware and self-organising matter.  If there is no God at present, the way everything appears to be moving there will be a God in the future.


13 responses to “From bees to God

  1. Very nice peice Alex. It’s difficult to know the way things are heading but they are definitely moving swiftly on. Gurdjieff has a term; ‘reciprocal maintenance’, and this means that everything is eating, and being eaten by something else. There are a few diagrams that make this very clear. But like you say, for now observation is key.

    • I observed how everything is stealing energy from each other. Even amongst the bees they are hardly moral in some of their actions, like attacking each others nests to rob them of resources, or creating holes in flowers to get at the nectar, thus avoiding the pollination mechanism.

  2. Yes, we as humans are getting so close to that next big thing. I like to call it the technological singularity. Absolute game changers. Whether it is artificial intelligence as supposed here, or perfected suspended animation (of other serious life-span extensions), or nanotech, things will become quite different after their discovery.

    Great post.

  3. One of your most thought-provoking posts, Alex. I really liked it. The possibilities for the future are unimaginable, which is uncomfortable for many people – hence the need for religious theories to try to explain it all.

    • Thanks, Heraclitus has been a great influence to me to try to observe and then think things through based on the observations.

    • if religious theories could do anything at all…. there would be one world religion and everyone would benefit from it. the fact that there are denominations of the same religion should tell you how well it is explaining things to people already.

  4. It is quite curious to consider that we are moving forward to some unknown change. I would like to hope that we are somehow involved as the human race. Interesting topic. Great job.

  5. you know, i have been thinking and at the same time discussing it or debating rather with a friend of mine about life and death in general and the existence of the soul and so forth, one thing that does puzzle me is the question of being lifeless as opposed to being alive, the difference being lack of an energy people call the soul, but why is it that a dying star is brighter than a living one? could at first judgement this be taken at face value and say that a dying star is more alive than a living one? we have only ever been witness to life,its events, and its creatures HERE ON EARTH therefore i believe there is much to be learned about ourselves, not really everything else. what do you think?

  6. Have you heard of “Pretheists”, those who believe there will be a God?

    Why does life get more complex?

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