What is Homo Delectus?
What is Homo Delectus, what does it mean, where does it come from? Why is the header of the Choice OS site “The path to Homo Delectus”? Like everything else, there is a history and a story:
I first heard the term “Homo Luminous” from Dr. Alberto Villoldo, anthropologist, writer and arguably the father of New Age neoshamanism (who I believe most probably also coined the term), while studying in his Four Winds Light Body School. In his book “The Four insights” he declares:
“We’re going to take a quantum leap into what we are becoming, moving from Homo sapiens to Homo luminous – that is, beings with the ability to perceive the vibration and light that make up the physical world at a much higher level. For the first time, all of humanity will be able to evolve not between generations, but within a generation, which contradicts our beliefs about how evolution works. We’ll take a biological quantum leap within our own lifetimes; and the physical, emotional and spiritual traits we acquire will be passed on to our children and our children’s children.”
The premise is that our path of Darwinian evolution, based on natural selection and adaptation to the environment has come to an end; evolution requires thousands of years to change a characteristic, generation after generation of minute changes that lead over time to species with new inherent characteristics. But nowadays everything is moving very fast, and either way social structures ensure that the physically handicapped, the frail and the weak, the “non fittest”, not only can successfully survive but can also actually achieve great power and recognition. People such as the genius physicist Stephen Hawkins who needs to be fed with a tube and has little control of his body or Franklin D. Roosevelt, the US president who won an unprecedented four elections debilitated by polio, practically paralyzed from the waist down and suffering from generally poor health, would never survive on their own and thus would never be chosen by natural selection, survival of the fittest. Adaptation to the environment does not work either, since human civilization has learned to largely change and adapt the environment to their needs, rather than the opposite. Genetic technology and the decoding of the human genome create endless possibilities of genetic manipulation, making humans the ultimate deciders and not nature.
The idea therefore is, that humans in order to evolve need to make an internal evolutionary leap through our brains that will allow us to alter ourselves biologically into a new species, thus the term Homo Luminous- humans of light, enlightened human beings.
I loved it! It made huge sense, because if we are indeed moving too fast to evolve naturally, there are only two apparent options so that humanity does not stagnate:
- To evolve through science by gene manipulation, a path causing great fear to the general public and scientists alike, because the choices would be made in a lab before we were even born, who knows by whom. In addition, this would not constitute an evolution of the entire human species but a custom made, individual evolution that could change not only person to person but also generation to generation; different cultures would create different humans adapted to suit the particular belief systems of the era. This could potentially lead to science fiction´s beloved doomsday scenario where a regime could genetically engineer obedient people, for example.
- To evolve through choice and training within a generation by choosing to alter our perceptions, our beliefs and thus our biology as a species, passing those traits to our offspring through their belief systems and thus alter ourselves and the human species culturally and inevitably biologically as well.
What an amazing concept! The possibility to evolve to a superior being within just one or even just ten generations! The only problem with this theory, which occurred to me years later, was the definition of Homo luminous or lack of one:
“Beings with the ability to perceive the vibration and light that make up the physical world at a much higher level”
First of all, what does it mean “at a much higher level”? What level are we at, and what level will we achieve after our “quantum evolutionary leap”? I understand that as Dr. Villoldo (who is otherwise a great writer, teacher, healer and scientist) states , this will allow us to heal ourselves with our minds, but is evolution just more health and a longer life? Where is the luminous part? Our life expectancy and health and comfort levels have almost doubled in just a few centuries through medical science and better living conditions and nutrition, but did this make us a more evolved species? All it takes is a generation of malnutrition in the wild deprived of the achievements of our civilization to reverse all of our gains. Without dentists, toothbrushes and toothpaste we would have most of our teeth rotten before we reach adulthood, same as in medieval times. Our teeth, like everything other part of our physical existence are less resilient than before, not more. We are resistant to various illnesses because of inoculations, eradication of various diseases, better nutrition and modern pharmaceuticals. If they are gone, within a generation our life expectancy would be almost halved, as well as our quality of life as regards our physical comfort and safety.
The term Homo Luminous, the Enlightened Human Being, has become well known in the New Age spiritual community over the last twenty years and so has the concept of an internal evolutionary path, but I can still find no real definition for it. Is it just an abstract, and if that is so, what use is it to declare the potentiality of a new evolutionary stage for humanity with something undefined, or at best fuzzily and abstractly defined?
Where do we go forward from Homo sapiens? Homo sapiens has progressed from little more than a scavenging animal driven predominantly by instinct to human beings capable of controlling their behavior and actions to an extraordinary degree. We not only control our impulses to the degree where only a low single digits percentage of the population of the vast majority of countries is involved in criminal activities or violence whereas violence and criminality used to be part of everyday life, but we control every single thing we do; how we behave, how we eat, how we respond, how we dress and we automatically obey myriads of engraved social behavior rules without breaking a sweat. We only lose our control under intoxication, drugs or extreme emotional stress, and 96-99% of the time 96-99% of the people fully control every action and reaction so that we can function together as societies. When we do not, we are chastised, punished or shunned so we have learned to regulate our behavior, adapting to the behavior of the people in our environment, all the way down to obscure rules of social etiquette.
What is the next evolutionary stage, our evolutionary leap forward? To achieve 100% control? But that would eliminate our choice, our diversity and freeze our evolution to a particular era’s values and rules. Would that even be desirable, to eliminate individuality? Don’t exceptions prove the rule? Isn’t free choice our divine gift and our pursuit as a species? Haven’t we created democracy to protect choice and free will as long as we don’t infringe on other people’s choices?
The next evolutionary leap of Homo Sapiens is to become not only a being that can control its actions and behavior but a being that can control also its emotions, thoughts and automatic reactions and functions of our bodies by leaping from the Thinking Human Being to the Human Being of Choice, full choice not only of what we do, but of what we feel, think, what our bodies do and how they function. Human Beings in control of our subconscious and therefore of everything inside us. Beings with complete choice over our perceptions.
Human Being of Choice, Homo Delectus. The term is coined by the research team of Choice OS and is an invented term same as every other scientific term. Every scientist has exercised the right to name their own discoveries and all species in biology, ornithology, entomology, botany etc., and so have we. And the path towards this new evolutionary stage is through becoming architects of our own software and Choice OS, the first ever free Open Source Operating System for humans, enabling each one of us to become our own, personal software programmers.