Intelligence and answers
I would like to offer some answers as to why people behave the way they do. The recent case from Ireland of a woman who was refused an abortion and left to die seems human intelligence is not what we think. The contradiction between being pro-life and leaving the woman to die really grates on the intellect.
Then we have all the endless conflicts around the world which show that the smartest solution is the same as it was 5,000 years ago — the most intelligent solution one can think of is to start killing people. How can this be? Are we a ship of fools? In short the answer is “yes.”
The “Hydrogen to Human” project exposed human behavior in a stark and shocking new light. You are a living fossil of all the evolutionary successes which allow you to exist, including all your behavior. If you want to see what that behavior is, you need to look at the common behaviors present in every culture; that is who we are, that is why the project was done in Taiwan, whose modern culture is very different from the UK’s, yet with some common traits.
What shows up are four important drivers in DNA: copy, conform, compete and be curious. That is it. So simple, but then complexity never takes complex steps, just lots of simple ones. What also showed up is how the universe always self-assembles into states of greater complexity using pairs of complementary partners. The mind and the body are two such partners, they must be interdependent to exist.
Your mind is not merely brain cells, but a complex entity that creates its own reality and tricks all of us into believing that reality as truth. The real truth must be something that is true for every human being on the Earth.
However, remember “copy and conform.” If we did not do this, we would not work as a group.
Fifty thousand years ago, our only weapons were working together and toolmaking.
The trouble with this is that we are programmed to conform to any nonsense you can imagine, from bad driving to a God favoring one group above all others. This seems obvious when you think that at the same time humans were walking on the moon, that nation that made it happen was killing thousands in Vietnam. Do not think that killing with modern tools is any more sophisticated; it is just more efficient.
The mind controls the body to exist. It needs sugar and water. It drives the body using chemicals which are more powerful than intelligence. Test this next time you are driving — there is always a chemical reaction first. Overcoming the chemicals needs true intelligence and we admire the people who can do it. Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jesus Christ, former Pakistani prime minister Benazhir Bhutto and former South African president Nelson Mandela are all examples. However, there is also a pattern of such people being killed and persecuted by the rest of us.
We admire them, but soon go back to our chemical ways and nonsense prevails. Is there an answer?
Yes, always work from basic principles. No excuses. If somebody will suffer as a result of your behavior, it is cruelty.
You are programmed to favor yourself and not see it (the selfish gene). We are driven by chemical imbalances which create reactions. Single-cell organisms move, feed and reproduce using imbalance and rebalance as a mechanism to do all the same things as a more complex animal. Now we have no more excuses.