Over my years on this planet I’ve had numerous occasions to listen to the possible strategies of warfare as they unfold. Perhaps you have too. In it, you might have heard how the Air Force and the Navy might go in first, because they can have an effect at a distance. But when it comes to taking over a country, or claiming a territory, it always comes down to the Army – the soldiers who go in on foot. This is what is known as having “boots on the ground,” and it is the only proven way to hold and maintain control of an area.
I’ve been thinking about that idea as an analogy for the purpose of humans in the universe, and the role we play on this planet. Because if we consider that the universe is constantly expanding, and we see in the images from space telescopes that galaxies have massive star-forming regions, we can imagine the universe as a living, growing entity that is constantly creating new moons, planets, suns, and stars to populate an ever larger space.
It boggles the mind, as they say. Yet if you believe there is a purpose to this majestic process, as I do, then the concept of “boots on the ground” may help point us toward an understanding of our human design and purpose. Because we might ask, how can something as vast as this universe come to know itself?
The evolution of a planet is a process of becoming hospitable to different forms of life. Earth and water are needed before simple organic life can flourish, and organic life contributes to the creation of oxygen and eventually an atmosphere. When a certain threshold is reached, animal life can be supported. Later, as the ecosystem stabilizes, a planet can become a suitable habitat for the most complex form of life, the human being. And that is when creation gets its boots on the ground.
Because it is only the human, as a life form, that can send a signal back to creation. And we do so through our consciousness. Yes, our consciousness is nice for us, because we can not only see the beauty of a rose that grows on planet earth, and smell its subtle fragrance, but we can also paint a picture, sing a song, write a poem, or do a dance expressing the way it makes us feel. And that is when signals from us can be sent back to creation. That is when creation can begin to know something about what is occurring on this blue planet in a dark corner of the universe.
It’s not only beautiful, but it’s exactly the role we are designed to play. Humans bring consciousness to the universe. We can understand from our own bodies that we can’t know exactly what is happening under our skin at the tip of our toes, but we have nerves and sensory feedback systems to tell us what is going on there. We know if our toes get too cold, too hot, or if there is a splinter there. Our nerves send impulses back to our brain and the body makes any necessary adjustments.
Could it be any different for a different type of living organism, like a planet, or like a universe? Things that are alive must be able to monitor themselves so they can maintain all their different parts, just like our body does. Human beings have been described as the nerve ends of god, and so I think we are.
But humans serve a double purpose as well. Through our consciousness, we can not only send our signals back to god, but we can also begin to know god in the world and universe around us. And in that, we can also radiate that knowledge to the lower forms of life with whom we share this planet. A plant, an animal, and yes, even a rock or a stream, can get the experience of god through the human (they’re not capable of knowing it directly).
So we have a magnificent role to play on this planet, and in this universe. We are the ones who can claim this watery orb for creation, if we we choose to plant the flag of our consciousness in the fertile ground of human purpose. And while the analogy of boots on the ground may provide a glimpse of our true role, it bears repeating that wars, deception, egotism, and inhuman behavior do not create the type of conscious feedback that is of any use to god or creation.
But for now, it is enough to know the great hope the universe has for us, and for our possible future.
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