The Differences Between us

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I once believed in my fellow human being – the same kind of human being as the kind that I am:  a creature that is fully capable and often willing to lay importance at the feet of anything outside of itself, genuine in the spirits of kindness and empathy. I used to have faith of embarrassing depths in the notion that most, if not all, other people I knew were hardwired to perceive something as seemingly innate as the consideration of needs belonging to those besides ourselves. I have learned in the hardest of ways, however, that the vast majority of so-called humans, are in stark contrast to the type of human being that I remain. When I use the word “remain” to describe the way I feel about the obvious differences between me and 9 out of 10 people that I know, it’s meant to convey the underlying sense that I harbor regarding the human species’ and the Darwinian theory of physiological evolution. It seems as if people, or at the very least – those whom reside in even the most subtle of urban populations, are speedily adapting to our surrounding stimuli and environmental variables, as we have historically done in social settings; there is no profound or enlightening information surrounding human ability to adapt in a wide range of extremely disparate scenarios.  The difference that I have repeatedly observed as quite an alarming implication of the future course all of humankind – one that has become increasingly prevalent and even sub-consciously celebrated in our populations worldwide – would most certainly be the way in which humankind has branched out within the parameters of those adaptations.

For example, in the Missing Link Theory of human genetics, we have perceived this Missing Link as the bridge that will explain the vast differences between the behaviors and cultures of the modern human (Homo sapien) lifestyle and those of our closest ancestors, Homo neanderthalensis i.e. “Ötzi, The Ice Man” and Homo floresiensis i.e. “Flo, The Flores Man”. Our species were separated by differences in lifestyle so vast and dumbfounding, that the only reasonable cause for such differences has been identified as evolution. This apparently random type of “leap mutation” between genetically embedded codes associated with each species, miraculously proved to be the essence of Human Evolution. There remains an unknown variable (the missing link) that was theoretically a necessary element that directly caused the effected fast-track of the human species to the top of the food chain during this evolutionary shift in power amongst our ancient ancestors and those similar in classification. Scientists cannot say for certain why it was US (humans), as opposed to the various hominid species around at that point in history (at least one class is known to have had notably larger brains than humans) – excelled in the unprecedented advancements we achieved. The sudden explosion of creative processes such as the formation and widespread use of verbal and symbolic communications, tool crafting and building, and hunting wild animals for use of meat, fur and hide, practices never before mastered by any mammalian creature, offers evidence that something physiological happened that changed the wiring in the human brain – thus, explaining the extreme adaptations to the human physique and lifestyle.

Every other hominid-family species died off shortly after our time of shared existence. The next amazing fact surrounding our exceptional evolutionary leap ahead of our counterparts – would undoubtedly be how our species not only survived the mass dying-out of our entire family of genetic kin, we seemed to have flourished throughout such an ordeal; our skills became honed and our crafts were practiced and perfected to an art. We have prevailed at the top of the food chain for centuries – on an innately hardwired quest in search of knowledge through discovery and control through dominance. The ever-more-familiar changes in human behavior (generally speaking) speak volumes to me about how deeply embedded the notion of selfishness and self-absorption truly have become in the mutants all around me – the mutated versions of would-be human beings that make up the easy majority of the national population – and most likely – the Global Population. These obnoxiously shallow creatures are the type who don’t think the rules of the world apply to them, and act accordingly in every aspect of daily life; these are the assholes who don’t feel like they should have to wait in traffic like the rest of us, so they cut in line or drive the shoulder; the very same people who steal and lie unnecessarily – in the spirit of being “control” over what doesn’t belong to them. The collective human mind has quickly become over- motivated by a tangible, tradable wealth; in place the eternally important spiritual one.

A friend of mine said the other day, “The ideology of Control has slipped behind the driver’s seat and gotten onto the highway…” to which, I replied, “I hate to rain on your Socratic Parade, but, Control was the genius that designed and built the fuckin’ car…”

The urge harbored for centuries by humankind to control is equivalent to a social poison; a toxicity to the brain that likely infected and killed off those distant genetic cousins of ours during the Great Leap era. What puzzles me more than how we humans managed to out-evolve Neanderthals known to have had larger brains than ours, is how we have subsequently , and collectively – managed to evolve this far without the genocidal response of this seemingly genetic need to control. When faced with the question of whether or not I feel assured in my fellow human being’s ability to evolve in a “civilized” and broadly acceptable manner to which decent people should naturally have a tendency to accept and abide by, it gives me pause to think. My response would be yes, I feel confident of our species’ abilities; the uncertainty that I harbor falls much closer within the areas of human willingness and desire to forge ahead – with any true or virtuous motivation.

You’re probably sitting there, wondering, what the fuck is the point of this post?

I know – so am I…

I suppose the bottom line of this rant about my fellow human being – both the mutated and non-mutated forms of it – turns out to liquid-damaged and impossible to define; surprise, surprise. All I know is that I am chewing it up and pondering heavily: the notion of another Missing Link scenario repeating itself the not-so-distant future, another point in ultimate history that can potentially later be described as the phenomenon of an apparently super-accelerated genetic branching within the human species. Think of this the next time that you are the unfortunate victim of the inconsiderate douchebag who blocks you into your parking spot at the post office simply as a means of saving his own time and energy; or the time some idiot tried to jack you for your rightful seat at a show, because everyone knows that you should totally be okay with paying for a drunken stranger to enjoy Kevin Neelan, Dennis Miller and Dana Carvey in your place.  Maybe a few of you might pick up what I’m putting down here; try and look around you and identify the differences that are becoming increasingly extreme between an old-world, empathic and considerate human being – and the more recently evolved and “refined” human being mutation – those who are unable to venture beyond the compounds of self-gratifying, self-serving and self-perseverance to a an obnoxious fault. The differences will only get more divisive over time, I would imagine; which leaves me with an anxiety hard to convey in words.

…just sayin…

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “The Differences Between us

  1. neighsayer says:

    Wow, there’s something in there for every possible line of commentary.

    1. I worry that the thing that differentiated us from the rest, although I can’t say why it came up in the first place was very likely the skillset for war, the ability to identify those in our group and those not in our group, and work together as a group to wipe out the other groups. Of course this means their disappearance is no sort of coincidence. In the case of the Neanderthal, I’ve heard that they were the bogeymen of our dreams, big, strong and hairy, the yeti, the sasquatch, the super-predator that we would have had to step up our game for in order to survive.
    We’ve seen the roots of warlike behaviour in the chimps and bonobos already, and if this is the adaptation that we made better than all others, that would explain a lot, not only the amazing persistence of group identification and xenophobia in the present world, but its close ties to religion as well, that is to say, the sanctification of grouping and war and distrust, pretty much the basis for a lot of religious morality.
    Not unlike strategies for surviving personal abuse, what ever we did when we survived a traumatic time is not a thing that is easy to stop doing. It would go a long way to explaining the sacred sort of status war and killing still have in this world.
    (as a parent, I would observe that it explains how sports are considered so important for kids and how it’s teamwork that’s emphasized and the goal of the teamwork – to defeat/destroy the other team – is unspoken, maybe largely unconscious. The kids must learn teamwork, but no-one should be aware that it’s all practice for war.)

    2. As for the apparent decrease of evolutionary empathy in the world, that I would put down to something more conscious, a conscious, coordinated effort to sanctify greed, the “moral” basis for money hoarding, and for the capitalist state generally. Capitalism is a rather natural thing, in that it attempts to harness natural self-interest and greed to organize commerce and markets, to ensure participation in the economy, but it was named during a period when that greed was still basically considered to be a vice, and organizing the economy using it was a way to sort of channel a destructive force in a somewhat positive direction. Of course, as time passes, all things are forgotten and co-opted, and the structures enjoying capitalist life the most, the ones with the capital, seem to be telling people that the greed capitalism channels is a good thing, an obligation, rather than a sin and a trait of bad character. A source of shame seems to have become the goal, a source of pride. The greediest and most ruthless people want to think they are admired, and unfortunately that seems to be happening.

    Great post.

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    • And, great response! Thanks for your insight, I have to chew around on what you’ve said – but it seems to fall right in line with my point (or, lack of a point)…thanks for the brain food! 🙂

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  2. Fuckin CHEERS to that Starr!
    Damn, it seems like it should be SO obvious…hugs, hope your hangin in there! 🙂

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