113 – Metamorphosis …

The word Metamorphosis derives from the Greek μεταμόρφωσι “transformation, transforming”, from μετα (meta) “after” and μορφή (morph) “form”, [1] or more simply, to Transform.

The most common example of metamorphosis in Nature is the transformation of the caterpillar into a butterfly. But we do not usually think of the transformations in our own development as a metamorphosis. And yet, after the moment of conception, upon the fusion of a male sperm and a female ovum, we begin a passage through the most amazing series of metamorphoses in our labor to become a human being.

Ovum and sperm morph into a cell imparted with the primal knowledge to not only replicate itself billions of times, but to set a series of transformations with the purpose to create a unique yet typical human being. Without question, this kind of process takes self-determination, intelligence, ingenuity and, especially, self-reflection. Think about it: Although the whole process is done mostly by instinct, cells could not remember exactly how, when and where to go, build, and replicate themselves in concert with the ongoing transformation of the whole organism without a degree, instinctive as it might be, of self-reflection.

Instinctive self-reflection is the primordial learning force of Evolution. It brings together embryonic cells into progressively building a cohesive organization of sophisticated systems (skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous) to support the morphing of the fetus into an oxygen-breathing creature, and ultimately into a fully developed, consciously self-reflective human being. This is one of the greatest metamorphoses in Nature: From purely instinctive self-reflection into conscious self-reflection.

Revised March 2020   

[1] Wikipedia

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