The role of happiness and prosperity is well documented in our history. The misery only shows up as an anomaly in the records, though it is still widespread around the world. While there is no doubt that there are still many countries living in the most peaceful times in their history, there still seems to be more misery than normal. Although they are so advanced that they are developing modern ideas about human rights, democracy and freedom for all, for some reason hardship and hardship are still an integral part of life for many people.
The reason is not that we cannot eliminate misery, but that it is an irreplaceable part of our history. It has shaped our civilization and evolution more than most of the other factors in our history, some of which may not be as obvious to most of us.
7. Viral infections have helped us develop faster
The current Covid-19 pandemic may have taken most people by surprise, although it is only because none of us alive today have seen anything like it. Our ancestors weren’t so lucky, however, as disease and epidemics have always been an integral part of our history and are even less common now thanks to our modern hygiene practices. The history of viruses is so closely intertwined with that of us that according to one studyThey are one of the main drivers of evolution in human cells.
Whenever a certain group of people is affected by a new type of virus, it either (obviously) dies or develops in response to that threat. The researchers found that our genes show signs of numerous such response mutations, proving that viruses make critical changes in our cells that will help us fight off future strains of the same species. It is not the same with other harmful microbes in that viruses are special in that they target almost every function in the living cell and cause much larger and more permanent changes in the genome than other diseases.
6. Carrying stones helped our poor develop for balance
If you notice the path we are going, you will find that it is not easy to do. We’re not actually walking in a straight line – the circular motion created by our hips and feet propels us forward. If it were a moving machine, it would be a pretty efficient one. In fact, many of our actual machine parts repeat the same motion.
To counteract this, our arms have a built-in swivel mechanism to keep us from unbalancing. As some scientists found out, this movement actually accounts for a high load. Because of years of hard work and wearing rock to survive – that was a big Part of our lives until recently in history – our arms evolved a little shorter than our early ancestors to have some wiggle room in case we need to use our arms to carry something. As a result, we don’t get unbalanced when we carry a box or two around the house, which would not have been possible if our arms were still long enough to counteract the weight of the legs.
5. The brutality of the world wars gave us the nation state
Most of us assume that modern ideas of human rights and liberalism are natural products of our time. After all, it’s 2020! However, a look at history prior to the 20th century shows that we are the exception. Only now do we take the protection of individual rights by the state for granted. For most of history, people – civilians in particular – have only been part of a territory or empire, and few people in any given kingdom have ever enjoyed the same universal protection as those living in a modern nation-state. When did everything change?
In case you haven’t read the title of the post, yes, we can thank the world wars for that. By far the two greatest wars in history, the two “Great Wars” – as they were affectionately known at the time – were unprecedented in terms of scale and brutality, as well as their impact on the largely liberal and democratic world of today.
1st world war was instrumental in establishing the sovereignty of nations as four of the greatest and most successful empires in history came to an end: Austro-Hungarian, Russian, German, and Ottoman. When the empires fell on one side, newly independent populations around the world suddenly had territory and identities of their own as they eventually established themselves in all of today’s nations.
WW2On the other hand, he did the same, except for people instead of countries. Thanks to the grave human rights violations by all sides in World War II, the aftermath of World War II was when everyone got together and decided that maybe we shouldn’t let this happen again. It was World War II that gave us, among other things, our modern codes of conduct during the war, the idea of the universality of human rights and the formal establishment of the United Nations.
4. The Mongols made the European technological revolution possible
The technological revolution in Europe gave way to some of the most important moments in history, such as the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. Driven by new technologies such as we had never seen before, the scientific advances in Europe at the time made everything we see around us possible.
Many historians agree that we owe some of this to China, as many of these technologies – like printing press, gunpowder, steam, etc. – had roots in China. Neither China nor Europe were responsible for this transfer of ideas. Instead, we can thank them Mongol Empire for this. By uniting all the different kingdoms between China and Europe – including China itself – the Mongols succeeded in establishing a reciprocal connection between East and West, if only for a short time. The Silk Road opened for the first time during Mongol rule in China since Roman times, as merchants could now travel overland to China instead of having to go through a complicated sea route.
3. Why are we still abusing power?
People in power who abuse it to benefit themselves have been an irreplaceable part of almost all human societies in history. It is a difficult situation for the rest of us because it just happens to be the same people who are really empowered to make change. It’s almost as if – contrary to popular wisdom – power and influence automatically make people more immune to mass suffering and ultimately less empathetic.
According to Studies, That is absolutely right. Power lowers a person’s empathy, a fact that has been proven by several researchers. A neuroscientist at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada even found that power fundamentally changes the structure of the brain and separates us more and more from everyday problems. From an evolutionary point of view, this makes sense, as a leader would have to be a bit cold and unappealing to survive in the wild. However, this trait does not make much difference in the modern collaborative world and leads to all of the excesses of power we see around us today.
2. Hunger drove our development
It is common knowledge that the abundance of a particular food source would have been better for our species, as it stands to reason that as long as we are not hungry, we can focus on building more complex tools and technologies. In reality, however, it’s just the opposite of how it works. Food scarcity has helped create more complex and advanced technologies, and there’s a good chance we would still have been a primitive species of hominid if we hadn’t exhausted food sources.
Take Homo erectus as an example – the direct ancestors of Homo sapiens. The species existed for nearly a million years without much development or technological advancement other than its brain growing larger and larger. They survived on a diet of elephants to help maintain the size of their brains, which was pretty useless as they never had to take full advantage of it due to the abundance of elephants around the world.
That lasted until about 400,000 Years ago when the elephants became extinct. Surprisingly, a recent study suggests that this was also when the first modern humans appeared. Since the big, blunt tools of yore were useless against new, more agile spoils of time, we had to adapt with even better tools and technologies. A process that has essentially been going on ever since. In short, a severe existential food shortage that completely wiped out another branch of hominid has been the driving force behind our development.
1. Violence is so common because it is beneficial
Even if many parts of the world live in more peaceful conditions today than ever before in human history, violence is still an indisputable part of life on earth. Many regions around the world – especially in the Global South – are still exposed to some kind of violence, be it war, petty crime, honor killings, political assassinations and so on. For a species that is morally and socially advanced like ours, this is a painful anomaly and begs the question: are we just hardwired to be a violent species? Is it just anatomically impossible to come together and get rid of something that is affecting our progress so much?
Simple answer, no, it isn’t; Violence is just too evolutionary profitable Get rid of. Violence can be genetic, but it is only an effect and not the cause. Evolutionarily we are designed to be aggressive towards others in order to survive in a world with limited resources, and it always works well. Our understanding of ancient weapons and fighting techniques has further developed our tool making skills in other areas. Even today, some of our most ingenious inventions date back to war and conflict, which may be just one of the reasons war continues to exist.
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