Two memorable moments in human evolution:
The cartoon carries weight because we can read it in two ways. One reading is that our animal predecessors knew what life is all about but we brainy humans make it too complicated. The other is that humans do live on a more ambitious plane—and good for us! Both views, though opposite, make sense.
The evolution of consciousness is not well understood, but it’s nice to think that when it happened, it felt like this. We still react this way at moments—we think, Wow! I’m alive!
The two men in the cartoons are similar. They’re both making the leap towards a more complex and more conscious life.