Human Thinking Evolved
Apr 2, 2023
Human Thinking Evolved: Psychological Revolution
From survival of the fittest to our dependence on AI, we as humans have evolved beyond imagination over the centuries. We’ve progressed from the hunter who prioritized himself to social animals who rely on others, and now on artificial intelligence called ChatGPT.
Neurobiological evolution has played an important role in human psychological development. The human mind is evolving at a rapid pace. Today, we are all unhappy with our status quo and continuously looking for a better way of living. This search and restless desire to make our lives better is a reflection of our evolution as humans.
While we have relentlessly and undeniably made great strides, we do not understand the importance of the things we already have or that they are good enough.
The Fulfillment Of A Lifetime Is At The Heart Of Life.
With the mammoth changes and discoveries that we, as humans, have witnessed throughout the centuries, we need to remember that contentment comes not from having or achieving more but from appreciating what we already have.
We currently have enough development, facilities, and food, but we can still see that everyone is busy today striving for more and not taking the time to pause and enjoy the moment. Why? What are we evolving to?
We have innumerable cases of mental trauma, and no one is living contentedly. People are experiencing psychological distress such as anxiety and depression due to the high-pressure, competitive lifestyle of modern society. But why are we clueless?
Once mental trauma has manifested, it can be reduced by understanding how it can manifest in one’s life and taking proactive steps to ensure that a person’s psychological well-being is kept in check. Mental trauma, while difficult to detect, can be incredibly damaging to an individual’s overall well-being.
The fact that we live in a world where acquisition is valued more highly than appreciation. Have we forgotten that true contentment comes from enjoying the blessings already present in our lives?
I am busy; you are busy.
Our century knows that being busy is how we should be. Although self-inflicted, we think it is necessary. Life has become so busy that we often forget to make time for those closest to us, and in the process, we miss out on moments of gratitude and appreciation. What are we achieving by acquiring more, and at what expense? Will this time ever return?
An ecosystem to recline on
People need people, and we create an ecosystem. Friends and relatives are the backbones of our existence. We build strong bonds with others based on understanding, trust, and mutual respect.
In animals, too, cooperation and interdependence are seen in many species. Operating in a cluster provides an ecosystem with the same benefits of companionship and cooperation humans enjoy to support each other. Compared with animals, humans need more support from each other as we cannot survive alone. We have been tested enough by the COVID pandemic and lockdown. We humans, however, differ from other species as we are far more complex and require a greater degree of social interdependence to survive.
The ever-shifting landscapes
Every day, the world changes; our environment changes; our requirements change, and so do our minds. This is why we, as humans, rely on our relationships. We are not in a position to compete with the day-by-day changes. We must work together to get through the challenges that life throws at us.
If we are not part of a society, something does not connect properly, and we are in a mental trauma or on the way to one. Sometimes, we are clueless as to why it all happens.
While the reasons are simple:
• People don’t have time for each other.
• We always talk into devices or machines and away from other people.
• We are looking for a better, more comfortable life every day.
• Instead of living today, we are more focused on building tomorrow.
Mental trouble begins when we do not meet our obligations. Instead, we look ahead, expecting more. We are connected virtually with others, not heartfully, and we don’t understand our needs, creating mental trouble for ourselves.
While some people may be aware of the causes of the problems, they may be unable to solve them due to their social connections or distractions. Unfortunately, we cannot escape the problem we have created. It will continue until we discover the source of the problem and solve it.