Due to a misinterpretation of Darwin many in our culture assume that nature’s purpose and by extension the purpose of human beings is survival. This interpretation has helped to reinforce a social and economic system based on scarcity where it is a mathematical certainty that a certain number of people always have to lose out and struggle to survive.
In our individual life when we focus on survival life seems to be full of struggle and life threatening incidents. Perhaps the only real way to become secure in life is to focus on individuation or dividuation, and giving our deepest gifts. We individuate by creating boundaries which exclude the things that we don’t need in our lives and by welcoming and moving towards the things which are congruent with our deepest nature.
When we release survival fears and share resources, ideas and gifts with our community we no longer need to struggle to survive. Instead of the main motivation for life being to avoid death and to avoid things we don’t like, the main motivation for life becomes to care for people and to live our deepest dreams. We move into a world of community, connection, interdependence and mutual empowerment. Perhaps the purpose of life is not survival but dividuation, mutual empowerment and the giving of our deepest gifts.