It’s cliché to talk about how evolution shapes human behavior.
But… I think there’s value in recognizing all the ways that evolution works against us in a modern world.
Food is a great example. Our bodies learned to store fat and enjoy high-energy foods (e.g. sugar) when food was scarce. But now that food is abundant those traits work against us.
What are other ways evolution works against us?
- Avoiding talking to strangers
- Being easily embarrassed for breaking social norms
- Fearing rejection
- Avoiding the discomfort of exercise
- Staying in our comfort zone
- Tribalism: defending your group for no reason other than they’re your group
- Seeking status for its own sake
- Generally avoiding risk
A lot of this boils down to staying in your comfort zone, which makes sense: doing what you’ve always done with the people you’ve always done it is a great way to avoid dying.
But it’s not really a great way to live.
What else? What other ways does evolution hold humans back?