|About the Book|
Human nature, like that of other living organisms, is selfish and need to be selfish as we have argued in Book I, The Dark Secret Of Life—A Quest For Human Nature. Selfishness always leads to hurting other organisms. Surprisingly, this sameMoreHuman nature, like that of other living organisms, is selfish and need to be selfish as we have argued in Book I, The Dark Secret Of Life—A Quest For Human Nature. Selfishness always leads to hurting other organisms. Surprisingly, this same selfishness also results in the creation of many balanced habitats, in which each organism has its own niche and contributes to the formation of many beautiful and harmonious communities. Sadly, human selfishness is entirely different- there is no beauty in it. During the past decades, our selfishness invariably leads to large scales ruins of ecosystems. What makes us so powerful and destructive?If one could look back at evolution right after our ancestors had branched off from chimps, at the time the first group of our ancestors began to walk on two feet, one would have little hesitation to write off those creatures, giving them no more than a handful of generations to survive. They were a doomed bunch, chimps that had their most treasured asset for survival robbed. As a result, they had no speed and were clumsy among trees and therefore been forced to grind out a living on land. Even strong regular chimps would find it difficult to make it through one single day on land. Our ancestors had not only survived, they increased in number and eventually evolved to creatures like Lucy, Australopithecus africanus, which was easily another group of most poorly equipped animals that had ever walked the planet and had abandoned the woods to live exclusively on land.The evolution of our species certainly tells a very improbable story- it is also a fascinating one. Unlike other animals, we have abandoned muscle as the primary way to compete. Instead, our kind has depended on intelligence from day one. We have been the only species that has ever bet heavily on neuron and won big. The higher intelligence, besides enabling our ancestors to make more tools, of which weapons have always been the obsession, has also allowed our species to solve problems. The problems confronting our ancestors seemed endless and have never stopped growing. As a result, the hunger for more and more neurons has never been satisfied as one human species evolved into another. And as a result, the growth in brain capacity has not stopped from the early human ancestors.Our species has also deeply depended on co-operation from the beginning. Many animals co-operate—ants, bees, hyenas, lions and wolves—their co-operation has been governed mainly by instinct. A big part of human co-operation has been by choice. There are also more layers in our co-operation. Among other co-operative animals, there is mainly one level of co-operation, in which either every member contributes towards the whole community, or the one-to-one co-operation between sex partners. Our species has both types since very early on.Among humans, sex has served more than producing babies- it has also worked as a glue to bind the two sexes together. In case you don’t know, we human have many sexual features, which do not serve reproduction at all- they have been “installed” solely to increase the sexual pleasure of the mating pairs. The features make sex highly pleasurable and extremely addictive for humans. Sexual addiction has helped to solve the one biggest problem posed by a continuous quest for higher intelligence, an ever increasing brain size. It is the most beautiful and beneficial addiction- it serves to create true love, love out of free choice from the selfish humans. Incongruous, isn’t it?The evolution of our species is a story of a species beating all odds and succeeds. We have done it by combining intelligence and co-operation. As a result, our kind has evolved from a most hopeless situation to eventually become the gods of all living things. It is also a love story that has taken many millions of years to unfold.