Research Paper By Alexandra Wang
(Life Coach, Germany)
What is Evolution?
The term ‘Evolution’ is nowadays most commonly used to describe a process of change on a linear time scale. May it be a change in physical organisms and populations, or a language. Science refers to Evolution as a chain of subsequent changes of material matter over generations, decades and ages (s. merriamwebster. com).
Tracing back the literal meaning of Evolution, etymology leads us back to the Latin word ‘evolvere – to unfold, unroll’, ‘evolutum’ as a past participle: ‘unfolded, unrolled’. This word appeared within the context of rolling out a book scroll. Scrolls were the main carrier of writings at the time and had to be rolled out to unveil their content. ‘Evolutum’, or Evolution, as we call it today, describes the state where inherent content and context have been unveiled. In other words: we have proceeded in our state of being by unfolding the scroll, as new content has been revealed. Evolution can thereby be understood as a process of moving ahead by disclosing inherent information that was hidden until then.