Yep, you read it well. I’m about to propagate further complication in an already global and complicated enough world.
Couple years ago, just like most people, I quietly blamed the issues of our world on imperfect institutions, politicians, decision-makers, lack of communication and similar.
Not too long ago, trying to take a better look at myself and the issues of the world I came to the conclusion that the we should blame humanity’s issues on… …human nature!
Rather than attempting to describe all of it I’ll mention one single part of it: Cain & Abel.
Jealousy (or whatever the reason is) makes you hate and eventually kill the other people.
Basic human emotions always remind me of a story I heard from a good friend:
“So I’m staying at this nice guy in Pakistan. He shows me his AK 47 and a little tower in his garden. He tells that he warned his neighbor not to go to his field. But the neighbor went anyways so he shot at him. He was sad he missed.“
Basic human nature isan extremely animalistic and SIMPLE reaction to whatever comes your way. But being human means leaving basic human nature behind. And being human means that we are NOT natural and we try to alter our nature with:
– traditions, customs, religions, laws, science, institutions, abstract goals, medicine, etc: all human achievements that water down natural selection.
And we use many of our achievements to consummate human nature by dominating others:
– military, laws, ideology, organisations and similar
Basic human nature is destructive. It makes you copulate to create new humans and do everything in your power to keep yourself and your people (family, tribe, nation, etc.) safe including killing, stealing, eating other creatures and what-not.
This is all simple.
Now the way we live – reading blogs, learning languages, traveling, working regularly, having big dreams, solving our argues peacefully, etc:
is human nature, watered down.
Many have a smaller or a bigger “call” from human nature to go back to enjoy the nature and to kill and fuck. Others fit in more into humanity’s general direction of getting farther from basic nature and getting more into a “watered down”, comfortable life.
Comfort and security don’t seem like extremely noble causes or a great vocation but as these ideas are the ones that have kept us safe and alive through the last couple hundred thousand years they are genetically coded in us and are the keys to our survival.
As Karl Pilkington says: This is what I need for happiness: a little bit of comfort…
About life & humanity?
I think it’s getting more complicated and better. Much better. 8 hours 5 days a week in the office is much better than 12 hours 7 days a week in the factory. And my neighbor doesn’t shoot at me…
People will always be suspicious of the more complicated. From learning to read through travel for leisure to self-development new features happen slowly and many aren’t happy about the changes.
And my advice at the end?
When a solution seems very simple and great, look and think again. Simple solutions lead to simple situations: the most simple being: kill or be killed!
Thanks for reading!
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