Probably not news to you, but current research substantiates that human beings are an exceptionally cruel species. Evidence of our shadowy nature is ubiquitous throughout society, with particularly high concentrations reflected to us ad nauseam via our own news media and entertainment channels.
Why do we do this? Why are we obsessed with viewing our dark side? Unique to humans and to human beings in this time period, we mainline these reflections of our inhumanity. The intensity and scope of our exposure are over-the-top and only intensifying. Many of us turn to numbing ourselves because, hell, we cannot change the world. Hmmm…or, can we?
Evolutionary psychology credits our appetite for bad news to the fact that human brain development occurred in the hunter-gatherer phase of our evolution. In those early stages, attention to pending danger meant survival. We are caught in a mammalian brain loop of sorts. I wonder, though, could there be a higher evolutionary purpose to our current addiction to drama?
I see us in the midst of a massive research and development project. I think we are processing our inhumanity in order to understand ourselves at a new level. For us to grow beyond our violent tendencies, we have to own our inhuman (haha, proof that we don’t yet) shadow. Prerequisite to world peace is each of us to attending to the violence that airs in the space between our own two ears.
An adages that got my attention many years ago to this day always gets a giggle out of me is, “You wouldn’t go to dinner with someone who spoke to you the way your own mind does.” Laughably and also eerily true, it has inspired me to cultivate an inner crew that I not only will dine with, but am fully willing to spend the night with. 😉
Eyes up, though chaos and division ensue, I believe we are on a fast track to evolution. Disturbing as it is, we just might be disturbing ourselves for a reason. Chances are, we will continue to get the feedback that numbing ourselves is futile and simply prolongs the suffering. Eventually, we will realize our power to choose and define ourselves according to our greater potential and our inherent purpose. We can do this – Happy Spring!