This is a continuation of the previous post on the subject of present day human regression, problem with "Baby Boomers" generation etc.
I have been thinking of expanding it into an essay but I am not quite sure how to attack it. As far as I know it has never been postulated this way. It has probably never been said that certain traits and attributes of the modern human culture such as social uniformity and an obedience towards authority in power and regulations, may in fact be the symptoms of regression into our distant evolutionary past. It is important to recognize it since it may harm our long term survival.
On the first sight that may sound like a pure anarchic heresy. I need to explain. During our relentless discussions and rants (me with Dozent), we realized that there is a behavioral pattern, namely people who tend to be the most willing followers of hierarchy of power, who like obeying all regulations spread by governments, corporations and churches, are the same who have unusually well developed group social skills, and at the same time tend to lack the skills that defined our humanity in the past. The same type of people also lack certain human skills that used to ensure our survival, that is: innate creativity, ingenuity, ability to manipulate or adapt to changing environment, high mobility and tendency to build strong bonds within the small teams of equals based on skill and usefullness rather than on some hierarchy of authority and power.
I will describe some basic differences between the characteristic of nomadic humans the way I see it, in contrast to the opposite traits of the so-called "Baby Boomers". Please keep in mind that use the last term in a simplistic generalized way, to described a certain subculture.
|"Nomadic" (Homo Sapiens)||"Boomers" (Simian Sapiens)|
|outwardly - individualists,|
inwardly - co-operative
|outwardly - collectivists, inwardly|
- aggressive and competitive
|adaptive, flexible||static, rigid|
|racially blind||intolerant of strangers|
|value creativity||afraid of new|
|dislike static order||value stability|
|rely on individual work||work unconnected to wealth|
|authorities = problems||authorities = source of wealth|
|strong team bonds||strong social group bonds|
|manipulate environment||manipulate people|
|technical and science skills||lack of technical abilities|
|logic and math||verbal reasoning and rhetorics|
|observe what works||observe what others say|
|individual survival priority||group has priority|
|idealizes religions||uses religions|
|support commerce||consider it unfair profiteering|
|nomadic mentality||settled mentality|
|highly focused on 1 task||multitasker|
|"What I produce belongs to me"||"What you produce belongs to us"|
More comments by Dozent posted on this subject, see the comments section.
Added last row in the table.
Added introver/extrovert attribute. Note - read this article about Susan Cain's book.
Updated table 16-Jan-2014