People have within themselves two purposes: To give or produce life and to survive or avoid death. The former, is the primary purpose which was built into mankind at their onset and is witness’d by our society’s history and culture as well as through reproduction and a universal moral code found in civilizations all over he world, all throuout history, that most agree is altruistic in nature. These examples all further life in some form and it has been the hijacking of these process’ and the manipulating of them as well which has resulted in the lack of life being produced. This is evidenced by current comments on our generation being consumers and not producers. Hollywood glorifies hedonism which emphasizes capturing and relishing the life you have while neglecting to teach those that watch how to succeed at life and then pass it on. Another example is in the current trend of personalized salvation found in many churches.
The latter is the secondary purpose which I am convinced did not exist in the initial emergence of mankind. For christians, this is seen in the initial perfect or sinless phase found in the first chapter or two of Genesis. For the the more skeptical or less religious, this phase of mankinds evolution where only the primary existed must have been short, however, considering the development of consciousness and other variables, this period might have been for a thousand years or more. This purpose is the animal side of us in that animals share in possessing this purpose. We can clearly see evidence for this purpose in the more extreme scenarios of men and women killing in self-defence or nations going to war when they feel under threat as well as being seen in the more subtle examples like defense mechanisms in ones sub-conscious and tje concern for technology to keep us safer. Over all, this secondary drive, at least being a drive, is not questioned.
I argue that the need to survive is secondary because it has occured to me that an original need to continue ones life must have come from a need to protect the one thing capable of reproducing. If the original purpose to life was to give life, then it would seem appropriate to assign a secondary purpose to protect the first. The only bump I m trying to smooth out is that, if we do share the secondary purpose with animals why do they not have the primary purpose to produce life. Arguably their reproductive capabilities show evidence of the primary but I would then ask, “in light of our evoltion, why haven’t animals created culture, religion, language and so forth.
The existence of these dualistic purposes in mankind can only make sense in a Genesis scenario where a Sentient being chooses mankind to produce life in a distinctivly unique way and does not allow the animals this option.
In thinking about what this means or could mean, I realized that God might not have created sin or sin might not have existed in the time before creation. Now, I believe that what christians call sin is actually the secondary drive. All sinful actions arise from a person seeking to take power or control which directly usurps the control God naturally exerts over us. Sin prompts us to take power instead of asking or receiving power. I believe that this secondary nature became overwhelming after awhile and eventually eclipsed the primary purpose in importance.
This eclipsing resulted in mans survival becoming more important than producing life and in fact the production of life became a means to survive. So much so, that “sin covered the whole earth”.
Thus I can imagine Good God, holy, giving his beloved people life and purpose. Then, arising from this purpose, the secondary became all consuming which resulted in history.
So, our lives are a tale of two purposes and the way they carve out our personality and life.
Though like I said, there is a bump or two that needs smoothing out.