social evolution - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
With social evolution came physical evolution. Those parts of the brain that had once been more primitive were either repurposed or shrunk. Our brains adapted as society did. Whereas in the slave-money era the societal pressure was for selfish and primitive behaviours, the opposite was true after the change. We became a world where everyone could survive and those who shone were the nicest people, the creatives who had a passion to make the world a better place for everyone, to make healthy ecosystems, to be artists or grow food. It's been over a millennia since 2018, nothing at all on an evolutionary scale, yet with our science we can chart the shift in brain architecture in synchrony with the social enlightenment. Our species is changing for the better, truly evolving.
The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. Today, in this modern way of living, indifference has become a survival strategy. Thus, over evolutionary time, those who love will be selected against and considered weak; those who are the coldest will survive the best, willing to use others for whatever means suits their purpose - indifferent to their suffering. This is social evolution, the interplay between society and the way we evolve. For my part, I intend to do everything I can to tilt the balance toward love. Indifference is for snakes, not humans.
There is evolved fear and learned fear. At first, the learned fear part of the amygdala isn't "wired up" to the evolved fear bit; it just sits next to it. Yet with repeat exposure to a stimulus and a fear, it becomes hard-wired into the central (evolved fear part) of the amygdala. So when we see "the bad guy" on the news over and over it rewires our brains to instinctive fear of "the bad guy." But what happens when "the bad guy" is another ethnicity or faith? What if "the bad guy" is another gender, sexual orientation or generation? Then our fear centre is constantly triggered, leading to anxiety and/or aggression. What else could we call these anxieties? Racism? Sexism? Hostility toward youth? Islamophobia? Anti-Semitism? We may naturally be afraid of snakes, yet those who seek financial gain by using fear are rewiring us into a species we are fighting hard not to be.