The Seed, The Root, and The Fruit: Navigating our Complex World with Evolutive Morality

The Seed, The Root, and The Fruit: Navigating our Complex World with Evolutive Morality
© 2023 Steven Alber. All rights reserved.

In the realm of nature, the course of a tree's life is a powerful metaphor for our own journey. The seed sown determines the type of tree that will grow, the care given to the nurturing seedling and growing tree influences its health and strength, and ultimately, the fruit it bears is the culmination of these factors. Just as with the seed, root, and fruit, so too are our actions, choices, and their consequences in the complex world we inhabit.

I. The Seed: Choice

Like choosing a seed to plant, our initial choices set the stage for what is to come. In the context of Evolutive Morality, the "seed" can be seen as our core values, the moral and ethical principles we choose to adopt and live by. The type of seed we select - whether it be values rooted in empathy, respect, and understanding, or those steeped in prejudice, selfishness, and ignorance - will significantly shape our individual and collective futures. Just as the seed determines the type of tree, our foundational values guide our actions, behaviors, and decisions, influencing the world we create.

II. The Root: Nurturing and Growth

Once the seed is in the soil, the journey has only begun. The seed's growth into a strong, thriving plant depends on the care it receives - the watering, the sunlight, the protection from harsh elements. In our lives, the "root" stage represents the nurturing of our chosen values through continuous learning, self-reflection, and practice. Evolutive Morality encourages us to keep our ethical principles dynamic and adaptable, to foster a culture of introspection, and to remain open to new insights from scientific understanding and societal progress. Nurturing our ethical roots with these practices enables us to respond effectively and ethically to the complexities and challenges of our world.

III. The Fruit: Outcome

In time, the nurtured tree will bear fruit. The quality of the fruit - whether it is sweet or sour, nourishing or poisonous - is a result of the type of seed planted and the care given to the plant's growth. Similarly, the "fruit" in our lives represents the outcomes of our actions, decisions, and behaviors based on our chosen values and their nurturing. The world we inhabit - be it peaceful or chaotic, just or unfair, sustainable or exploitative - is a reflection of these collective fruits. Evolutive Morality implores us to strive for a world that bears the fruits of empathy, respect, equality, and sustainable stewardship, acknowledging that the taste of our collective fruit depends on the seeds we choose and how we nurture them.

In essence, every individual, every community, every nation, and indeed, humanity as a whole, plays a part in shaping the world we live in. Through the metaphor of the seed, the root, and the fruit, we are reminded that we are the architects of our collective reality. As such, Evolutive Morality serves as a compass, guiding us towards making choices that lead to a more compassionate, understanding, and sustainable world. We are the smiths of our fortune, shaping our world through our actions, behaviors, and choices. By embracing the principles of Evolutive Morality, we can navigate the complexities of our modern world and strive towards a future that truly reflects the best of human potential.