In Spontaneous Evolution, I described that “crisis causes evolution.” When people have to face life-threatening situations it causes them to seek new answers or ways of life so that they can survive. The new awareness in response to crisis represents “evolution.”
The main crises in our world are due human destruction of Nature’s web of life. When we damage the environment, pollute the air, water and land, remove and destroy the Earth’s resources, we threaten our own existence. The problem is that corporations, organizations whose main purpose is to make money, do not care if their efforts destroy the environment, as long as they are making money.
This kind of “thinking” is reptilian.” Reptile brains are conscious, but they are not self-conscious. The difference: conscious thinking deals with handling issues at the current moment. Self-conscious behavior deals with issues in regard to how they affect the future. A conscious entity will do what ever is necessary at the present moment to solve a problem, even if what they do will cause problems later in time.
For example, when radioactive waste from nuclear powerplants were a problem, the people at that time said, “Let’s store the waste in concrete bunkers.” But, they failed to think about the future … “What if the concrete cracks and the radioactive waste leaks into the environment?” Without thinking about the future, the engineers did the easy job of making the concrete storage tanks. However, today, many of those tanks are leaking waste into the environment. Today, the problem of leakage is ruining the environment and threatening the world of living organisms including humans. However, we cannot easily fix the problem, it is too big.
The point is that corporations did not think of the future problems because they just wanted to solve the problem the fastest way.