The Divine Directive
The prime directive from the early 1960’s Star Trek series stated that the Federation of planets could not interfere with the natural course of a planets evolution. The divine directive would state that actions a people may undertake can not steer away the universe’s natural evolutionary direction. The question is presented then, what is the natural direction of the universe?
In order to answer this question I present a principle that I have found to be true. The universe is moving from random less conscious actions towards conscious deliberate actions. The consequences of this statement are very profound. It implies that consciousness can steer the direction of the universe just by becoming aware of its workings. This may sound crazy, but each of us uses knowledge everyday like gods, side stepping around less conscious actions. Here is a simple example to prove this point. Only a few centuries ago women would die very often during child birth. Over the course of time knowledge has been acquired to better understand the female birthing process, which has led people to intervene and correct any problems that may arise during birth. Now in the 21st century modern medicine can intervene during the fetus state itself, and make necessary corrections before birth. Most of our modern day lifestyles demonstrate this principle clearly by the continual increase in our world population. Through knowledge we have been able to do accomplish things that our ancestors would have thought only possible by the gods. Most of our modern day devices, cell phones, computers, etc, may seem trivial now, but not long ago these ideas only lived in science fiction books and TV shows. The point is clear, through knowledge we have been able to step around natures laws in tiny amounts, which over time our vision has become our world.
It took 4.5 billion years of evolution on Earth, through many multitudes of creatures to form a being capable enough to question the environment and attempt to understand it. Each organism on the planet has become aware enough of their portion of the world to create a lifestyle of survival. Darwin stated that Natural Selection is the device for which each organism is shaped for optimal survival in any given environment. Therefore, it seems logical that the more an organism is aware of the less conscious actions that may destroy it, the better the chances of its survival. It seems logical that this may explain the late stages of Man’s arrival on the planet, and the obvious power he carries. From this perspective the entire chain of life is but one continual climb to higher and higher states of consciousness.
Regardless of ones beliefs the facts are clear. At one point our solar system was a ball of hydrogen gas, the sun and the solar system and the earth cooled and eventually life began. Very soon after that beings formed complex nervous systems that allowed them to question the environment of their existence. It was these questions that have allowed man to learn and create our modern world. The divine directive takes into account this conscious direction that the universe appears to follow. This principle is a guiding point to measure the consequences of any given action by a group of people. If a group were engaged in acts that destroy this evolutionary cycle of consciousness, the divine directive would show that such acts produce lower levels of consciousness in the natural collective. Therefore these acts would be halted and rethought. For example: cutting down the Earth’s trees to feed the worlds demand for wood destroys many other life forms and depletes a precious resource man needs for survival. More importantly, this act could send man’s and other entities existence to a more primitive state in history, because with out trees ecosystems fall. Regardless how much man is removed from the Earth he can not exist without it…for now.
The divine directive reminds us that we are part of a bigger picture. It maintains the natural course of consciousness to grow by preserving the conscious chain that has birthed humans. The divine directive is not of profit or power. It is a principle that upholds the integrity of the entire evolutionary chain of consciousness processes. With huge ethical dilemmas on our horizon such as, stem cell research, cloning, genetics, and artificial intelligence a new measuring stick is needed to deal with our new capabilities as a species. If we continue to use thousand year old beliefs on 21st century issues the only outcome is destruction, as currently witnessed in our world. A bigger understanding is needed to step forward into our next great awakening; a guiding directive based on knowledge, which gives some boundaries to our actions. The universe is a mysterious place and our knowledge is still very limited of it. But one thing is true though, we have the power to shape it into are own vision, given enough time. The question is what do we want to make of it?
Written by Erik Niel