Everything! It’s a human instinct that ensures we try our hardest to continue living and reproducing. Every emotion and thought we have is geared towards the survival of our existence. In hunter gatherer days our existence really meant our existence but today our basic needs are so well taken care of that our existence is now a pathetic one. Pathetic or not we have a hard time fighting our survival instincts cause when we don’t think, we’re like a bunch of chimpanzees.
If some caveman stole your club, drumstick or loin cloth you would get pissed off cause that guy is messing with your basic needs. It wasn’t easy to replace those things. You would try to kill that focker so he couldn’t do it again and send a message to anyone else who wanted to rob you.
Today, you would feel the same emotions if someone tried to steal your parking spot. You would be enraged with all this anger to help you kill that person. How dare he steal your parking spot. He’s screwing with your ego and alpha male status. You need that alpha male feeling to get chicks so you can reproduce. How are your fellow cavemen going to respect you? They’ll demote you to beta or gamma. Thank goodness you begin to think. “If I kill this guy I will go to jail. It’s only a parking spot. Whatever.”
Fear. The feeling we get to protect us from danger. If we see a saber tooth tiger, we run. Standing too close to the edge of a cliff, we back away. If we see someone with a deformed face, we run. It might be contagious and we can’t let that one reproduce so we better get away.
Today? Not talking to a girl cause we’re afwaid we’re going to get weejected. How is this part of survival? It’s the survival of your ego. Getting rejected will hurt you so much you think you won’t get over it. You’ll be destroyed. Ego suicide. Your ego is you.
Fear is probably the worst one. If you feel fear it means you don’t feel safe. It also means you can’t live to your fullest. All your decisions are based on not what you want to do but what makes you feel safe. Studying something you don’t like just cause it makes good money, staying at a shitty job cause you’re scared to suffer while trying to find another one, saving your whole life for retirement while your present life sucks, marrying into a loveless marriage cause you’re afraid you won’t find anyone else, staying single cause you’re so used to it, drinking Budweiser all your life cause you’re scared to be disappointed. The comfort zone. Comfort is guaranteed survival. If it ain’t going to kill you stick with it. The survival mentality.
I suppose fear is so strong even today because we feel there’s no one to save us. So many of us have no community support of any kind. If we don’t make enough money we never think someone is going to bail us out. We also think we’ll be ridiculed which will make us depressed. There’s just no feeling of promise that enough people will accept you no matter what.
My conclusion? Well, it’s more of a semi conclusion. Most of us never have to worry about food and shelter but acceptance of ourselves and acceptance from other people will always be our main concern. It’s the driving factor behind all things long and torturous.
It looks like I rambled and went off topic. Oh well.
I think we know better that what’s easier now isn’t always better so we should stop thinking like cavemen. I wish I would have taken my own advice more often all through my life. Instead, I often adopted another survival instinct which was denial. It makes you feel better about yourself.