Thoughts & Questions on Human Nature

Thoughts & Questions on Human Nature

I find it really interesting to think about how we as humans have become the way we are. I have never taken a class on evolution, but find the topic fascinating and have read some books, discussed it with educated friends, and made some realizations and theories about it that I’d like to share. I have written some of these theories and ideas down here for you to think about, and I would love to start a discussion with you. Please write in with your take on what I’ve written, or anything you might know about the topic at hand, and I would love to share some of the responses to what I have written in the next edition, along with the next Thought. This can be a forum for all of us to learn things from each other…

When children are small, adults seem to love bouncing and tossing them around. And kids seem to enjoy it! Why is it that children find such joy in the feeling of flying through the air? In fact, all ages of children generally are thrilled with being thrown into the air and then caught or landed on a bouncy or soft surface. Even very young babies get flown around “superbaby” style, and all ages of kids want to be tossed and swung. I wonder if it’s the same reason that adults will line up for hours to ride a rollercoaster. Is it the weightlessness? Is it the release of control? Is it biologically in training and practice for situations where you might find yourself in a situation like this and your body feels compelled to prepare itself? Why is adrenalin pleasurable? I suppose those humans who enjoyed and were good at landing safely and feeling comfortable and prepared if they found themselves being thrown around survived long enough to produce more children. So if you enjoy it right from when you learn to hold your head up, your body gets good at it.

It must be frightening to be in a situation where the only weapon you have is your brain, and it is not able to adequately defend you. Like if you’re weaponless and suddenly face-to-face with a large predatory animal, or falling from a great height. You know all the advantages and assets that you could have had in the situation but are completely powerless. Powerlessness. What a horrible feeling. And yet this is what we inflict on even our most weak and innocent members. And somehow we all instinctively know it’s for the best and learn to enjoy it. Even seek it out, perhaps as a kind of release from the pressures of being powerful and guarded in some ancient way. What do you think? Do you enjoy sledding down a big hill? Do your kids? Do you think these activities might be throw backs to our pre-historic family, all the better for us if we are going to be outsmarting wilderness and each other? Learn to enjoy the rush so you’re not taken aback if a rush is thrust upon you, I suppose. Or if you really don’t enjoy the rush, I suppose you get even better at avoiding it.

Please add your thoughts to this, let me know what you think, if you agree or disagree, and hopefully someone out there knows if there’s anything to this concept. Everything about us has developed for a reason, and I like to try to figure out what those reasons might be…