How can we understand human development?
Question from the Internet:
“How do societal norms develop and evolve over time? Why do some norms persist while others fade away?”
When we look at the development of human society through history, we need to examine and then see that so far, human development has been blindly and instinctively driven by the human ego.
From the early “hunter-gatherer” times, human history is basically the chronicle of the incessantly growing and intensifying human ego.
Driven by the ego, our initial “animalistic desires” for food, sex, shelter, and family have developed and become sophisticated, and then society added the newer desires for wealth, power, fame, and knowledge.
From simple beings that were satisfied with their natural necessities, we have become hungry and insatiable beings that excessively overconsume everything, and even when we have much more than we need, we can’t rest and have to keep on hoarding and consuming. And while initially, we also had the type of competition, fighting for hierarchy and leadership like animals, in our times, we compete and fight even when we do not need to, and we openly enjoy succeeding at the expense of others by taking away what is theirs and seeing them fall or suffer.
If we use this template — which inevitably leads to cancer-like self-destruction — then we will understand human history and the behavior of our own society.
This will also give us the actual and workable solution for solving our problems: nothing will change, and we will have no future unless we start addressing and changing our own inherent nature. And this would be useless without the necessary method that can achieve such a seemingly impossible mission — changing ourselves.
Fortunately, we have such a method that can teach us how to harness Nature’s evolutionary forces — that created us in the first place — to help us undergo the necessary changes according to how evolution guides and facilitates the creation of life in Nature’s system.