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Do you know who the happiest and most healthy human beings are? Believe it or not, it’s those found in indigenous tribes. People who still live the way we did over 10,000 years ago. And the more science discovers about what makes us human, the more they’re starting to come to the conclusion that we really haven’t evolved that much in the past 10,000 years, and in fact, would be better off living the way we did then – rather than the modern and very chaotic and stressful lives we live now. The following examples show how a number of facets of our society just don’t make sense to our current state of evolution.
The human being was designed to live in a finite world. A world where there’s only so many resources (such as food), to which we consume (put in our stomachs), of which there’s a limited capacity to store. Money however, is the infinite resources, by which we put in bank accounts (that have an infinite amount of space) – all of which creates an economic system where people can’t stop obsessing over money, become addicted to it, and, do very evil things because of it.
The first question anyone asks that you meet for the first time is “What do you do?” Then when you tell them you’re a doctor, they become engaged in what you have to say. Or, dismiss you immediately because you actually work at Starbucks instead. This is because when we hear one’s job we automatically and very implicitly ascribe a bunch attributes to the person, attributes such as talent, hard work, and intelligence – the very things that 10,000 years ago would determine our position and value in society. However in today’s world, much of what we become is a result of where we’re born, whom we’re born to, who we know, opportunities given to us, along with a bunch of other circumstances beyond our control – essentially, because of luck. And it’s this luck factor that we haven’t evolved for when trying to understand, respect, or empathizing with others.
Much like money, social media (what with all it’s status updates, tweets, likes, follows) is unlimited and infinite. This is one of the main reasons why social media is so addictive. All of its rewards have no end, thus, we never seem able to log off.
A bunch of scientists performed this unusual study where they took a couple having sex, and measure the amount of time it took for the man to be ready to have sex again once he ejaculated. Then, once they figured out his refractory period, they would introduce another woman into the room right after ejaculation. What they noticed is that his refractory period would get cut in half. This is just one of the many signs performed in studies that prove we humans were not wired for monogamy. In fact, only 3% of all the species on this planet are – which explains much of the marital breakdowns and cheating we experience in our relationships.
Ever notice how the average amount of friends someone has on Facebook is about 250 people? That because just like our non-human primate relatives, once our social networks get too big, we split off and break into smaller ones. Our brains actually can’t keep track of more than a couple of hundred people, and yet, we live in a globalized world of more than 8 billion of them.
Meet Graham. He’s a model a scientist made of what a human would have to look like if we evolved to survive car crashes, instead of 1.3 million dying in them each year. Do you look like Graham? Thought not.
Processed ingredients, artificial flavors, foreign additives, preservatives and chemicals, there’s nothing in our intestinal tract – or anywhere else in our body for that matter – that has evolved to welcome these foreign elements in. So it’s no wonder that we have so many life-threatening issues with cardiovascular disease and obesity.
Culture is a set of rules by which a society of people abides by. Essentially, it’s the glue that holds a group of people together. And 10,000 years ago, you would have lived amongst a small group of people that shared one set of cultural rules. However in today’s world where many countries embrace immigration, what you see ends up happening is that society’s break down as there’s too many sets of rules amongst too many people which start to break down the glue that’s meant to keep them together.
Can you look both up and down at the same time? Of course not, yet people walk on the streets all day texting and surfing, bumping into and annoying each other all day long. Plus, the whole point of technology is to simplify our lives, making them more convenient. And as we all know, our lives are only becoming busier and more stressful.
Up until about 40 or so years ago, women had to depend on a man for resources. And in exchange, she gave him the opportunity to mate with her, passing on their genes together into the next generation. So as unpopular as this may be, here in the western part of the world – the ideals of many equality movements (such as feminism) are just not biologically tenable. A woman that makes as much money as a man is not actually equal. For a woman that goes to work and get paid in money is like a man going to work and getting paid in sex. Only in that arrangement would that be true equality amongst the genders given our current state of evolution.