Beyond the ‘Selfish Gene’.
There’s more to life than competition and selfishness.
I’d like to pose there’s something more than the selfish gene. In many humans the will is rising to defend life over self. What is that?
I bet science will later* discover something is there, that can be in or out of tune with the ‘great mystery’ or resonate with life beyond ‘self’. I fear I’ve got it, this ‘beyond the selfish gene’. I think many people got it. They may not be in power, they may be thought to be too kind, too empathic, or perhaps rather for some, too much in touch, where too many ‘leaders’ are out of touch.
*) In fact that already did happen. :) But for most people the ‘Selfish Gene’ became as this article states ‘The Selfish Meme’. The simple to understand version, popularized by social economics. “All for number one, me!” It’s a travesty as much as ‘The Secret’s’ understanding of Quantum Physics.
This idea cuts down the ‘selfish gene’ myth, of life focussing on procreation at the cost of others. It’s actually such an American belief system projected onto nature: “I need to win, and will beat others to make it happen.” Ha. Try living in a forest of only people, no nature, no trees, no nothing alive but people. Will we be winners then? No. Lost. Nature needs many life forms, many different kinds of beings, plants and interactions on so many levels to be healthy.
There’s the “I resonate with the living web, and love to see it be healthy and grow, together.” as I frame it now in my first gist. Why is this important? Because ‘the selfish gene’, and many such convictions, are taught as the basis of life. They train kids to fight to be better than others and see competition everywhere (hence also bullying), rather than experience collaboration everywhere. Yet collaboration makes societies possible. This is what nature found over millions of years of iteration.
In fact we are 2/3 bacteria! They collaborate with us, with our cells, our cells collaborate with each other, all the keep us, us. In fact the only non collaborative, I want to grow at the expense of the bigger being, cells are called, cancer. Big corporations act very much as cancers. They demand unrestrained growth, cross boundaries, nestle in all kinds of ogranizations/countries with their lobbies and stores, yet don’t abide by the rules, nor pay their taxes. They are predators beyond what nature deems natural.
Take for example lions. Unlike humans they don’t try to improve their daily scores or put targets. Their principles: “Eat when you’re hungry. Let it go when you have enough.” Humans are the ones who are mad. Do we know better? We tend to look down on those who do. These are not the millionaires, not the rich, not the academics. These are the indigenous peoples who actually live in forests and understand so much more deeply than we how everything in there is interconnected and thrives of an ecology of diversity. The idea of ‘winners’ is madness. This picture of ‘winners’ makes me rather puke.
The first one I posed this idea too send me this:
“These 16 guiding principles constitute the foundation for the process of healing and developing ourselves (mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually), our human relationships (personal, social, political, economic, and cultural) and our interrelationship with all life on Mother Earth. They describe the way we must work and what we must protect and cherish.” ~Phil Lane, Jr.
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But then, as long as we treat the robber barons as heroes, as long as we see their palaces of luxury as victories, we won’t be able to fully take this insights to heart.
How to change course?
Our world is more and more depending upon us finding answers and acting upon them fast, if we humans want to have a civilization in 10 years.