I can recall as a child sitting in a classroom and day dreaming as I watched a neighborhood dog outside the window do what dogs do best – run and play. I also recall that I would gladly have traded places with that dog where I could be outside enjoying myself rather than being burdened with information that was always destined to do little more than fill the void until something better came along. Is it not the subconscious desire of humans to escape the world they have created mired in conflicts of their own fantasizing?
As humans have evolved from the primordial slime we once inhabited we have gained an advantage over the other species that essentially gives us great power over them and in most cases, our environment. An advantage some have not taken responsibly.
Some will attribute the development of an opposing thumb as leading the way to human primacy, making it easy to grasp tool-like objects, and form images and edifices that aided in developing culture. Others will say yes, this achieved much in our evolution but it was our complex brain that lifted humans to the top of the food chain. But I would add one final component to our climb from wigglers in the mirky mire of prehistoric times to the vast urban civilizations of the 21st century.
Without the capacity to ask the questions like How and WHY, the human animal would likely be only slightly better off than other herd animals they shared this earth with millions of years ago. And I am want to find hard evidence to suggest that such a condition would be so awful. We are always so amazed at how much we have achieved yet remain essentially unhappy and unfulfilled.
“It is [the] ‘thirst for reasons’ that is the source of the ideology that solidifies behavioural patterns of discrimination and cooperation but also of the ideology of rebellion, subversion and resistance.” – Nick Hadjigeorge