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The Essence of Being: How Food Shapes Our Evolution and Destiny

Nov 27, 2023 | Diet & Nutrition, Healthy Living

In the intricate tapestry of life, food plays a role far more profound than merely sustaining our physical existence. It’s the cornerstone of our evolution, shaping not only our bodies but also our minds and the very essence of our being.

The Philosophical Connection Between Food and Existence

The profound words from the Bhagavad Gita, “All beings are evolved from food,” initiate a contemplative journey into the essence of our existence and the role of food in it. This ancient wisdom aligns seamlessly with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s perspective, which sees each individual as a manifestation of the universal mind, influenced by the vast forces of nature and the cosmos. The air we breathe, the light from distant stars, and the balance of forces that maintain our physical poise are all interconnected elements that shape our being.

The Human Body: A Microcosm of the Universe

This interconnectedness is further exemplified in the concept that our bodies are a microcosm of the universe. Each part of our physical makeup, from the mountains and waterfalls mirrored in our internal landscapes to the celestial galaxies reflected in our brains, signifies a deeper, cosmic connection. This understanding suggests that every cell or organ in our body not only represents the whole but also the entirety of the universe.

Biological Evolution and Our Dietary Choices

The intriguing idea that we recapitulate the entire evolutionary process through our diet brings a new dimension to the act of eating. Consuming a preceding species, be it plant or animal, symbolically incorporates that species into our own evolutionary journey. This concept echoes an ancient understanding, like in the Gospel According to Thomas, where the transformation of species through consumption is highlighted when Jesus said: “Blessed is the lion which man eats and the lion will become man; and cursed is the man whom the lion eats and the man will become lion.”

The Cycle of Life and Evolutionary Transformation

The biological process of evolution, spanning over billions of years, is repeated daily in the transformation of countless animal and plant species. This constant flux, from simple single-celled organisms to complex multicellular beings like humans, illustrates life’s dynamic and ever-changing nature. The fact that humans can consume almost all preceding species underscores our position in this evolutionary chain.

The Transition to Human Food

As human beings, our dietary needs evolve. From the animal-based nutrition received in the womb and early infancy, through the mother’s blood and milk, there is a shift towards what is termed ‘human food’ – a diet consisting of grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, sea vegetables, fish, fermented foods, and smaller life forms. This shift is crucial for our development and aligns with the broader evolutionary process.

You Are What You Eat… and What They Ate

The significance of our food choices extends beyond mere nutrition. It reflects our mental and physical conditions, impacted by what our food sources have consumed – whether it’s GMOs, pesticides, or other substances. We hold the responsibility for our well-being in our dietary choices.

The Key to Health, Wisdom, and Social Harmony

Our journey towards health, wisdom, freedom, happiness, social harmony, and world peace is intricately linked to our food choices. Understanding how to select, prepare, and harmonize our diet with the natural environment is pivotal. It’s not just about what we eat, but the order and proportion of our consumption that guides our evolutionary progress or decline.

Conclusion: The Turning Point in Evolutionary Development

Our evolution, both personal and collective, hinges on our dietary choices. Proper eating is not just a matter of personal health but a critical factor in the trajectory of human evolution. Our choices at the dining table are, in essence, choices about the kind of beings we aspire to become.

Dr. Maria Scunziano-Singh, MD, NMD, DipABLM