Why Does Life Thrive on Earth?

Life thrives on earth, we see it everywhere. Despite numerous mass extinctions, life comes back and rebounds. New species are born entirely — life keeps working to inch again and again in a forwards direction, despite the constant adversary of extinction.

We see this around us, and we see this in the fossil record. But we must ask, truly, why does life thrive on Earth? Why does it keep pushing forwards? What is the catalyst? Some believe the catalyst is God, or Allah or the effects of the reverberating Ohm bringing material matter into existence; others say the catalyst is the science of Evolution — that new and unique attributes, and even new and unique species entirely, are created over time through mutation, recombination, geographic isolation, resource availability and various selection pressures.

But even given the principles of evolution, is there not something mysterious about this principle in reality? Is it not interesting that life is ever-pulled forwards like a magnet, from whose attraction we are partially uncertain? This magnet we have been striving to understand: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? And we have hypothesized many answers.

I argue that even with us understanding the mechanisms of speciation, we are still uncertain about the mysterious ethers that have given rise to this whole method of operation. Why does life choose to exist at all? Why does the universe seem to have the inherent principle to keep moving forwards, to keep growing into something new?

If this principle does exist, are we too entrained in its grasp? Are we but a victim to these same principles of life that brought all other things here? Is it possible for us to understand these principles and learn to shape and push them in our favor? Can we control the forward momentum of life on this planet? Should we?

When thinking about the driving forces behind life on Earth, another interesting thought experiment may be to consider: could this same driving force of life could exist elsewhere on other planets? Is it possible that life is evolving all over the universe, at its own unique speeds and paces, assembling living forms for its unique needs in its unique environments?

Although we are able to look at genetic change, and see species adapt to the ever changing environmental conditions on Earth, we are still bound to the shadowy realm of mystery when trying to understand this unique thing we call, “Life”, which exists around us, seemingly always driving forwards.