When You Become Too Smart for Evolution

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(Based on the assumption that human beings are subject to evolution like any other creature inhabiting the earth)

Our behaviour is controlled by evolutionary forces.

Love, good taste, originality, art, charity, loyalty, principles are all geared towards making us and our species survive and thrive into the future.

This straightforward goal of evolution is not recognized by humans when in love, producing art, helping the poor and so on.

This ignorance towards this realisation is also necessary for evolution.

If you realise that everything you do, like, love, want, need, care for, and believe in is purely for the propagation of your genes and your species, you may begin to question these acts.

What is there to gain by evolution-based acts if I will not survive more than 100 years? If my children and grandchildren won’t survive more than 200 years from now? This is a dangerous question.

When you come to the point of asking this question, you can see that love, good taste, originality, art, charity, loyalty, principles are all illusions.

Then you come to the most critical point of all.

You realize that your life and actions are arbitrary and are only meaningful because of the value system you have, given to you by evolution, to assist in the propagation of your genes and your species.

Then, you choose.

You choose either to keep those arbitrary values and live on the way you were living according the plan of evolution or go insane (because there is no other guide to action besides evolution).

At this point, you choose love, good taste, originality, art, charity, loyalty, principles…

Your intelligence, although it helped you get to the point of realizing this, is, in essence, no better than the instinct of a bacteria or a virus, species that have survived and thrived for millions of years, because you are a complete slave to evolution just like the microbes.

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About fliqside

This blog is called back to evolution because it is partly influenced by evolutionary psychology as a tool to explain human behavior in the modern world. It is also influenced by the belief that nothing should be taken at face value and everything should be challenged. Most importantly, it is inspired by the possibility of understanding the human psyche in order to promote the well-being of our global community as a whole. - Hridesh Gajurel
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3 Responses to When You Become Too Smart for Evolution

  1. deuralima says:

    It is controversial, whether the competitiveness in the human being has carried the human gene this far or the love, charity and compassion, the newly invented words in the evolutionary cycle. Of course, to survive as a society, these words are necessary, even as a lip service. I have not come across a single person who is not guided by her/his instinct, i.e., the need for survival, which means competition not love and compassion. You show love and compassion to your fellow being to live comfortably in the society, but when it comes to survival, your animal instinct takes over.

    Talking about charity, of course, you need to be charitable as long as you have abundance. But if you are living in a bare minimum, the word charity will lose its meaning. Therefore, charity also has limits in the present day world. There are only handful of people in the total world population who are truly charitable in their thoughts, words and deeds. The combination of this three is really difficult to attain.

    • fliqside says:

      Indeed, the instict to survive is the most basic instict of all. And, for humans, we only think of the kind of act such as running from a chasing lion as pure instinct. In fact, if instict can be defined as the natural inner guidance for survival, then every human act, be it art, charity, love, is also instict. It is complex instinct as we see it, but the purpose of the instinct is comparable to the insticnt of a bacteria trying to survive and propagate its genes. If we look at human acts, no matter how complex, from the viewpoint of a third party (let’s say bacteria), it all boils down to the same purpose — survival of the self and the species. Therefore, when we take part in complex acts such as art or charity, and find meaning in it that transcends ‘animalness’, we are indulging in illusion. However, even if we do realize that we are indulging in illusion, we do not really have a choice to abandon the illusion and we have to accept to live in that illusion because there is no other way. In conclusion: we have to accept that we live in an illusion and continue to live in that illusion if we want to survive despite knowing that it is an illusion.

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