Neanderthal people everyday life

Neanderthal People

Human beings often forget, I think, that evolution favored the group of monkeys that stuck together and helped each other. We relied on each other for our survival because it was a big, bad world out there and we were ill-equipped to deal with it.

In comparison to the animal kingdom, humans are the freaks of the bunch. We have no claws or fangs or venom to defend ourselves. We’re slow and clumsy. The only thing we have going for us is a rampant sexuality that makes us the porn stars of the natural world. So how in the world did we get to the place we are?

When we first dropped out of the trees, we had two things going for us; our intricate social network and our insatiable curiosity. Our social network is a complex system of values, emotional ties and reciprocation. It’s designed to create a web of ties that ensures that no member of our society is left alone. At one time we understood that we needed every single person to ensure our survival.

The other benefit we bring to the table is our rampant curiosity. We want to know how things work and what happens if we do this. From this we get tools but we can’t do it alone. This is where our social network really shines. See, one person may come up with an idea but you’d better believe the next one is going to build on it. One monkey may bang a stick. The next monkey bangs the stick on an animal and, voila! Dinner is served. Pretty soon that stick is a spear and we’re living the high life.

At one time we realized that even the least member of our society was valuable to our survival. We needed each other so we made sure everyone was fed, clothed and had shelter. Somewhere along the line we decided we didn’t really need our neighbours or the people down the block. That our own needs came above everyone else’s.

There is something to say for this Ayn Rand kind of thinking. You do need to ensure that you and your family have their basic needs met. It doesn’t do anyone any good for you to starve just to feed the neighbours. However, there’s a tipping point when this becomes ridiculous.

On Twitter, I read a tweet about a woman who paid $500 for a purse. I was astounded. Yet, I know there are people who pay even more than this for the most idiotic things. $1000 shoes. $400 panties. How can any thinking human being justify paying this amount of money for a thing when there are people starving in your hometown? How can anyone who calls themselves a caring person think that paying someone to advertise their name is a better way to spend money than to help someone in need?

I get it. You earn your money. You should be able to spend it the way you want. So buy your $500 purse and your $1000 shoes. When time passes and you realize that these things are only a temporary stopgap to help your ego from flooding out your soul, they’ll turn to dust. I’ll be here making a difference.