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When, over evolutionary time, have human beings stopped doing their usual daily tasks, been overwhelmed by a wondrous, beautiful and irresistible change in the environment that affects all the senses, and paused long enough to contemplate both our smallness and our universal connectedness?
Could an experience like this, repeated almost every day over millennia, have an effect that becomes deeply embedded in our natural processes of health and well-being?
Although there has not been a specific scientific study to examine the question of the impact of watching a sunset, it is an idea that resonates with both logic and intuition. It resonates with the argument that most things that are good for us have been happening for a long time. Things have to happen for a long time for them to become embedded in our biology. This is simply how evolution works – processes that are beneficial for survival are preserved through long term procreative selection. Those things that are not beneficial for survival are either eliminated or resistant, resolving mechanisms are established to counteract the “contamination” and return the organism to health, wellbeing and procreative capacity.[Content protected for subscribers only]