All humans are genetically wired to have both right and left personality tendencies. Regardless of the pack which you may associate yourself with, we all have an inquisitive side and a survival mode.
And we are all more alike than most realize. Those of us who have worked with people from different ethnic/religious backgrounds, come to understand that we all just want to live in peace and provide for our families. (and have a little fun along the way)
So why does the human species create so much conflict, which only leads to more pain and suffering? And is there hope for a better, more tranquil existence?
Fear is the trigger for survival mode. We cannot help the feelings evoked when danger is sensed. The problem is the deep emotions evoked, overrides the logical part of our brain. We react, sometimes angrily, before thinking the situation through. ‘Do not engage mouth until brain is in gear’, is advice that is far easier given then heeded.
The reason this tendency is hard wired into us, is because 100,000 years ago when our species was prey, a rustle in the bushes caused our brain to release chemicals (for fight or flight) and today that same release happens. Only the fears evoked are not life or death, but we react as if they are. Our thoughts play out mind movies of worst case scenarios, and we get stressed out and paranoid.
Now we add in our human pack mentality. The tendency to herd or hang around with people we feel safe with, and again, all hard wired from our evolutionary past. The main objective of the herd is survival, and that usually means fighting the enemy who is going to take our food.
So logically looking at how human history has unfolded to date, it seems there is no hope for humans. Ultimately, we will all kill ourselves off, it is just a matter of time.
But, we do have hope, because of the curious side of our brain. Speaking of hope, it is this aspect of human nature which causes us to be creative and find solutions, when all seems lost. It lifts us away from the pack mentality/group think survival mode of ‘shoot first and ask questions later’.
We do need to resist the urge to instantly be afraid of the unknown, so that we can “give peace a chance”. Here are 3 good reasons why humanity would benefit from throttling back on our ‘Right-Wing’ behavioral tendencies:
- Realizing most fears are just fantasies, causes our present moments to be less stressful, so we would be healthier and enjoy life more.
- We would live with more joy as we would not be pre-occupied with blaming other people or packs, as outward negative energy only rebounds with negative feelings.
- As we become less protectionist, we live life with less ego and more sharing and caring driven behavior. This makes us feel good on the inside.
Life is just more fun when we are learning with no ego attached. And we have so much to learn from different cultures, all with good things to offer to human creativity. The sharing/collaborating aspect of the internet is allowing this to happen today, with programs like Skype and Zoom making it so easy to share ideas in a group format.
As the millennial generation moves forward, and embraces this technology, there is great hope that a positive future is in store. Let us be happy about that in this present moment, right now, which is all there is.