In the endless upward spiral of evolution, life creates the conditions for more life, more complexity and diversity, more and more amazing possibilities. It transformed Earth's surface from an empty, hostile wasteland into a world both hospitable and abundant, making possible the flourishing of a glorious variety of species and the fantastic complexity of their ecosystems, which together form a global biosphere that acts like a vast superorganism to maintain inside its body the conditions for life.
But all organisms must reproduce, carrying forward the cycle of evolution in the face of each organism's inevitable death. Now, with the advent of humanity and the great burst of creativity and possibility it has unleashed, the biosphere has found a way to spread outward from Earth, to transform more barren worlds into living ones, seeding the Solar System and eventually the Galaxy with life. So instead of using up Mother Earth's resources for the sake of fleeting human advantage, it's time to make her cause our own, the cause of life and evolution, so that one biosphere can become many and go on forever. It's time to become SolSeed.
Planning has commenced for Seed 2009, a retreat and openspace event for SolSeed members and friends. Email Brandon to join the planning process. Tentative dates:
The SolSeed cluster of pages is a WelcomingSpace.
Who are we?
The SolSeedMovement exists to bring together and support all those who believe that Life is Precious. It is about supporting each other in living the highest quality lives we can create, and more broadly it is about supporting and nurturing all of Life, helping it thrive and grow.
The members of the SolSeedMovement are striving to form a community, and working to develop a philosophy written in the form of a scripture and based on the central tenet that Life is Precious. (See SolSeedFacets for more details of how this works.) We believe that living according to this philosophy means becoming a specific kind of people we refer to as starfarers. Not all of us are SolSeed Literalists working on projects that directly support the physical achievement of TheDestiny, to help Life spread beyond this world and take root amongst the stars, but all of us strive to be the kind of people who will be capable of making TheDestiny happen.
What is SolSeed?
SolSeed means "the body of all life."
SolSeed, the body of all life, is organized like a human body is. If you and I take care of ourselves and our neighborhoods, SolSeed will be healthy and can accomplish amazing things that we as individuals could not accomplish alone. If we do our part to provide and care for the body of all life, it will provide and care for us.
The following snippet is taken from the SolSeedCreed.
- As you are alive, and I am alive,
- and in kinship with all other beings
- nourished by Sol,
- we are SolSeed ---
- the Body of All Life.
- As SolSeed's intelligent spark,
- we are called to express the Arete of Life,
- We are called to fulfill The Destiny.
The energy an eagle uses to flap its wings comes from Sol. The energy an ant uses to carry a leaf comes from Sol. The energy you use to read and understand this text comes from Sol. Ants carrying, eagles flying, people thinking ... none of these would exist if Sol didn't send its life giving energy our way.
Without Life, the energy from Sol simply bounces off the planet. Life literally collects the energy Sol sends to earth, and stores it up for future use. Plants take energy from Sol and convert it into denser, more storable forms. The sugars and fats that our bodies burn are little pools of energy that originally comes from our sun. Ants carrying, eagles flying, people thinking ... none of these would exist if Life wasn't capable of storing up the energy Sol sends.
Seeds are highly effective mechanisms for spreading Life. They consist of instructions for creating Life and a packet of energy and materials that gives the new Life a good start. The instructions and energy are packaged in a protective covering that gives them a great chance to arrive together and take root.
Our solar system is a kind of seed. The biosphere on our earth Terra encodes the instructions for creating life and contains vast stores of energy saved up from our sun Sol. The large outer planets protect the embryo of Terra from rocks, comets, and other space debris that could shatter her.
Also, a spaceship carrying Life to another world is a kind of seed.
Life is the means by which the Universe engages Itself.
Everything, no matter how alive, is composed of atoms, finer particles, waves, strings and other energies. At some level of description, its behaviors are governed by the simple physical laws that order these basic constituents. And yet...
When we think about how and why a person acts, we rarely refer to simple physical laws. Instead we talk about needs, wants, feelings, desires, emotions, goals, relationships, and other organizing principles that are very far removed from the laws of physics. The behavior of a human being is governed by principles that Transcend and Include the foundational laws of Physics, Chemistry, Geology, and Astrophysics. Unlike the rest of the Universe, life-forms obey the Observership of the Universe through the conceptual artifacts of experience and meaning.
Continuum of Life
Life is a multi-dimensional continuum. The higher forms of life cannot exist without the less organized forms.
- Quarks, Leptons (such as Electrons and Neutrinos), Bosons (such as Photons and the Higgs)
- Hadrons (such as Neutrons and Protons) ... composed of quarks
- Atoms ... composed of Electrons, Neutrons, Protons
- Compounds and Molecules ... composed of Atoms
- Amino Acids
- Organisms ... composed of Compounds and Molecules
- Societies and Ecosystems ... composed of Organisms
- ant, bee, and termite colonies
- human families, cities, nations
- Cascadia, Gaia, SolSeed
- Biospheres ... composed of Societies and Ecosystems
- Biospheric Communion ... composed of interacting biospheres on multiple worlds
Even a single human being can be more or less alive depending upon how much creatorship they have within their own life. If they are trapped, repressed, and powerless, they are not as alive as they could be if they were free, fully self-expressed, and powerful.
- TheDestiny of SolSeed
- is to take root amongst the stars.
There is no moral imperative except that which you choose for yourself. If you choose to Join the SolSeedMovement you are choosing to believe that Life and all that sustains Life is precious. That belief requires that you nurture and protect the only life that we know of.
We have the power to prevent catastrophes of our own making, such as nuclear war or runaway global warming, but for now there is no telling whether we will succeed. And there will always be more dangers, because we live in a complex cosmos full of powerful forces. At some point in the distant future, Sol will expand to the point that life as we know it will not be able to exist in this solar system. If we really believe that Life is Precious, we should move decisively to nurture and protect it. Life is vulnerable here ... all our eggs are in one basket.
Being worthy of and fulfilling TheDestiny are the two ultimate goals held by members of the SolSeedMovement. The phrase "Take root amongst the stars" means literally to send life from our solar system out to settle in other star systems.
At this stage of TheDestiny the most important responsibility of the SolSeedMovement is helping humanity mature into its role as protector of SolSeed. This maturing process includes improving the quality of life for all of SolSeed everywhere in the world.
Our strategy is six prong
We use our practice to create our lives, aligning our thoughts, words, actions, habits and character with our highest aspirations
We create a record of our efforts so that others can stand on our shoulders
We actively seek others who will join us in our efforts to Bring Life
We seek other groups who share various subsets of our philosophy (Kindred), and support their efforts
We focus our energies on helping the Life on Earth to maintain and even expand its biodiversity
Fulfill the Destiny
We work toward The Destiny along whatever paths we find open to us.