Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Survival of the fittest

I used to think that animals deserved more respect than humans because they did everything to survive. It was all a process of evolution - survival of the fittest. They weren't capable of being mean or evil. (However, my experience with pets has taught me animals can premeditate, have a sense of humor, steal, envy, trick, and want.)

The more I think about it, humans also just do what they do to survive. In fact, I believe a lot of how we behave is sub-conscious - tactics that help us to survive. Whether a predator or victim, abuser or abused, we have learned behaviors to survive this world. No one is really bad or good.

What do you think?

As an example, here is an article on depression as an evolutionary survival mechanism: http://www.suite101.com/content/evolutionary-psychology-depression-a298146

11 comments:

Happily Cheesy said...

Everyone starts with pattering, whether learned from parents, environment, or inborn. However, the primary reason humans excel in intelligence is the cognitive ability to CHANGE. Animals survive. Humans evolve consciously, or de-evolve by going with the flow.

Nienke Hinton said...

Yes! Nicely said. Key word is "ability."

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Animals survive, humans thrive. Our intelligence effectively overthrows any excuse for mere survival. As rational beings, we must also find ourselves capable of living life to its fullest.

Nienke Hinton said...

Living life to the fullest - I like that. I agree, we must move beyond mere survival because we can.

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