- Nov 29, 2007
- Basic Beliefs
Our instincts exist for a reason. It's to make us win in the battle for much needed resources that are in short supply. By necessity men and women must have lived in the exact same environment as men, or there would be no babies to keep our species going. So we know that both genders must put about the same focus on acquiring resources. It's the same evolutionary pressures on them. We don't lay our hands on coveted resources by being nice.
Firstly, lots of people--I'd say most people--are nice. They don't use violence or aggression to secure resources, nor do they dominate anyone; they work peaceful jobs, virtually always as a specialist in some large organisation or supply chain.
Most major revolutions (French revolution, Russian revolution etc) were sparked off by a shortage of food. Yes, people are very nice. Will put up with all manner of discomfort, as long as they feel safe. The moment we feel threatened or our family is threatened things get ugly fast. We live today with an abundance of food. Let's pray that state of the world continues. Or it'll just go back to the way it was.
Secondly, we have examples where resources are shared, not competed for. Universal healthcare, for instance, is an example of a resource that no-one has to win from others.
I think that's too abstract for humans to comprehend properly. While humans are capable of rational thought. We're mostly goverened by our emotions. Our emotions regarding universal healthcare will only get triggered via proxys. Stuff like universal healthcare means death panels, or that I will be cared for no matter if I lose my job. People are dumb. Or rather, we often behave stupidly even when we're not and should know better.
No matter the major political decision being taken in society I think all humans map it to something resembling the complexity of Star Wars and decide who is the bad guy, and flush all nuance down the toilet. Because our tribal brains just can't comprehend anything more advanced.