"Next" says Kauffman "suppose that you come back many years later, after the autocatalytic sets have been coevolving with one another and squirting strings at one another. The things that would still be around would be those things that had to evolve competitive interactions , food webs, mutualism, symbiosis. The things that you would see would be those that made the world they now mutually live in. And that reminds us that we make the world we live in with one another. We're participants in the story as it unfolds. We aren't victims and we aren't outsiders. We are part of the universe, you and me, and the goldfish. We make our world with one another."
(Excerpt from book "Complexity" Author - M Mitchell Waldrop - Highly readable history of Santa Fe Institute and explanation of "chaos theory" (butterfly effect). CyberPeaceGadfly)