Peer Pressure, Evolution and the Future

Peer Pressure, Evolution and the Future

Peer pressure is just one of the many fallacies our genetic evolution as it is currently, cannot, or at least finds it very difficult, to overcome without conscious effort.

We all contain the experience of our ancestors through our genetics. In the far past those who defied conformity and herd mentality have found themselves in grave dangers in abandonment, imprisonment and persecution from the conformist collective. The fear of our ancestors being left behind still exists in our DNA. Thus, even though there is much minimal danger, if at all, to suffer grave consequences through avoiding conformity, we may still feel this fear which is does not correlate with today’s generally safe environment around the world.

Our evolutionary process is blind and slow. It cannot see into the future and it’s only studying from past and present experiences, so the information from these experiences shall be delivered to the next generations. Since evolution could only adjust itself to what is currently or formerly presented to it, we as a whole may still fear overcoming peer pressure as if it had high chances of eliminating the possibility of our continuation.

The world is quickly changing and our evolutionary process is not quick enough in order to adjust to the new circumstances of today’s world. Some of us may still afraid to experience seclusion, being left behind, abandoned and so forth, even though the general penalty today is much, much less heavy than it was long before we were born.

However, as our DNA will adjust itself to the circumstances of the world at its current state, and who knows how much time it would take - we, or our offsprings, may less fear protesting against peer pressure and other social concepts which are slowly decaying from this world. With the rise of technology and artificial intelligence, our currently primitive instincts shall decay as well from their dominance over us, and shall be replaced by more individualistic and independence-directing genes. I am close to certain that the future generations shall be more anti-conformist and more independent in their thinking and behavior, because this current age demands it for our general survival potential.

Those who claim that humans were always and will always be social animals, are required to protect their argument against the upcoming metropolitan, industrial, alienating and solitary age of humanity, in which I call the Age of Alienation. In this age there shall be minimal need for social conformity, social interactions and anything else that is primarily social. The deadly advances of machinery and artificial intelligence shall slowly take possibly everything that humans do, from jobs to entertainment, making sociality much less of a need, but more of a slowly-becoming irrelevant desire. We are just the seeds of this age.

It is therefore logical to defy our dysfunctional social desires and urges and oppress them with the power of our logical minds, through the practice of enduring in seclusion, for being alone for very large periods of our time shall be a dominant feature in the new age. With the practice of solitary endurance (and asceticism for those who are strong), we shall better inform our genetics and DNA that it ought to change in the name of humanity’s survival, and develop from social animals to solitary ones.

With the power of this new nature, that is the Isolating Nature instead of the Social Nature, our natural submission to peer pressure, and everything else that is primarily social, shall decrease significantly, and solitary individuality shall be more than a concept, but the new natural way of life.

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