The Evolution of Love
But why is it so natural? Why is it that in a time of life and death we choose to lag behind and save those close to us? I’m going to attempt to answer these questions in this post.
Like many simple explanations, this one will make use of the theory of evolution. Survival boils down to the ability of species to reproduce. But reproduction alone is not enough for survival. The offspring of the species must survive, at least long enough to be able to reproduce as well. Otherwise the circle of life would not be completed. The offspring of some species are able to survive on their own at the moment of birth, and as well know humans don’t belong to that category. Instead, newly born humans need at least 4 years of care to have the slightest chance of survival. In my opinion, the early humans who took great care of their babies, protected them, fed them, and fought for them, were able to pass their genes much more successfully than the ones who neglected their children. So nature automatically sorted humans with the “care and love” gene from the ones with “neglect” gene. Through storms, predator attacks, and all other dangers that early humans had to endure, the ones who were more loving and caring (as we would say these days), were the ones who provided their offspring the opportunity to grow up and reproduce. And so the love and care genes got passed down the line making it’s way to present day humans.
Looking at the survival show mentioned earlier from this new perspective, you will now hopefully see that the parents of the baby, were, more or less, programmed to sacrifice for their baby. The “care” and “love” we recognize are nothing but unconscious attempts at survival. Survival cave man style ;) That was deeeep wasn’t it?