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The Impulse to Evolve vs the Impulse to Survive

This past Sunday, EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen gave a talk at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia. Check out the excerpt below in which Cohen speaks about the subtle, yet significant difference between the innate human impulse to survive and the newly emerging impulse to evolve:

To read a recent dialogue between Cohen and integral philosopher Ken Wilber on the topic of evolution versus survival, click here.

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Joel Pitney is an Associate Editor for EnlightenNext magazine. Follow him on Twitter @JoelPitney.

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  1. Frank Luke says:

    One of the mantras re: evolution is “Survival of the Fittest”. If humaity doesn’t come to terms with learning how to coexist peaceably, less competitively globally for all the diminishing natural resources we may wind up with global conflicts that will result in the human race becoming the new dinosaurs. Survival of the fittest will become moot when there are survivors with compromised quality of life or even no survivors. It remains for those who recognize the imminent peril to attempt to foster the consciousness to evolve to become peaceable, committed to peace personally and choosing leaders who will bring a peaceable world about.