First humans learned how to make fire. then we taught ourselves how to use fire. And that was the beginning. . . Sociopaths. Psychopaths. ASPD. I dare you to challenge your view and outlook of the world.
From the very moment that our species started to socialise, and pass along information from generation to generation via language, an evolution had begun. A cognitive evolution. An emotional evolution. An evolution that would no longer require specific genetic information to be stored within our DNA.
To be able to understand, you must let go of the human ego, and also the perspective of one. Disassociate yourself with what it is to be human. Desires, needs, love, lust, trust, ambition, hate, fear. This can be very hard for most, so just try your best.
Life doesn’t have purpose, it doesn’t want or choose to live, and life does not have desires. It just is. Life is something that happened to the universe using its own organic matter, and this thing that happened to the universe begun to evolve and react to the universe in a way where it could no longer be considered the same thing as the universe. It became its own thing. We call that thing life.
Life does not feel, or think, or need, or hurt. So as the universe continually creates and destroys different aspects of “life”, life simply does not ‘care’. Not because it is extremely patient and indifferent, but because it has no way of having a conscious view on itself, nor an emotional sense of the impact the universe has on its own meaning and existence. Because the very concept of symbolic and emotional meaning is a system created by the brain only in recent time. You can’t ask a tree how they felt about being cut down.
With this in mind, life and the universe can peacefully and meaninglessly coexist. It is only when we see the brain immerge that things begin to change. On earth, when the organ we now call the brain came in to the picture, it rapidly grew in complexity and became a system with desires of its own. Meaning it was no longer something that just is. It became something that wants. And to be something that wants, is to no longer just be a thing. And that also meant that this organ was no longer the same thing as life. This self-aware, emotionally charged, desire driven thing would soon develop into what we now see as our modern day human minds. Our brains. The thing that makes us, us. Like life happened to the universe, the brain happened to life.
Now that we understand the brain from this perspective, we move on to our understanding of the modern day brain. Because the brain wasn’t always compassionate. It was never meant to be compassionate, because it did not need to be. It had no reason to be. It wasn’t that the brain was violent either. It simply behaved in a way that worked best in an environment governed by universal law. In order to survive, it dominated and manipulated its environment in the very manner it was designed to do so. After all, it was designed to survive, not to view the world in the compassionate manner as the modern day brain does.
The brain was given a set of rules and that set of rules told it how to survive and pass on the genetic information stored within its genes. It did this without conscious ability. It was as simple as that.
So let me say it once again before we continue: from the very moment that our species started to socialise, and pass along information from generation to generation via language, an evolution had begun. A cognitive evolution. An emotional evolution. An evolution that would no longer require specific genetic information to be stored within our DNA.
As our emotional sensitivity grew within the brain and became more and more important to us, there was the possibility of something new. Because at the same time, survival was no longer for the fittest. The brain no longer needed to only facilitate survival, but could focus on other things such as growing societal structure and order across the world, and creating meaningful and symbolic relationships. Survival became a lot easier, and so we didn’t need to consume all our time and efforts on this aspect of living.
Understanding the evolutionary purpose of emotion is important. The sensation of emotion is simply something that brings conscious awareness of an internal state. A way for our body to communicate information to our consciousness in relation to the status of our internal environment. To tell us of a change so that we can manipulate the physical environment and bring our system back to homeostasis. Or if it is a ‘positive’ emotion, then to provoke us to continue the behaviour or remain in the environment that is evoking that feeling, because it is fulfilling an internal desire or necessity.
These emotions helped ensure survival mainly by evoking positive and negative internal states that influence the likelihood of a desired overt behaviour. They helped evolution slowly edge forward without anyone or anything overseeing or governing its method of doing so. It is only in humans that these emotions no longer serve their intended purpose. In fact, in an extremely short amount of time, civilisation went through several rapid stages of growth to become what it is today. Remember, modern day humans have only been around for 200,000 years. Before that, there was about 4 billion years of development which helped life on earth thrive in the environment around us.
[End of part 1]