Sunday, 1 November 2009

LINK to Guardian article, Our politicians all claim to be against the status quo. How ridiculous, by Rafael Behr

An excellent article, well worth pondering upon; especially the following quote:
. . the mainstream parties' fear of acknowledging fundamental conflicts of economic and social interest . . [it] . . gets much harder to maintain the pretence of serving everyone simultaneously.
This takes us to the very heart of the matter, an understanding of which, however, demands a human-evolutionary, i.e. Darwinian, perspective (see my BLOG).

The terrible truth, which the state (and all who depend on it), for its (their) own self-preservation, must rationalize, disguise and deny, is that "society", and the "human resources" it contains, is not primarily a society at all, but an ENVIRONMENT, which it has helped to develop, and maintains, i.e. serves, for the purpose of facilitating its exploitation, to the advantage of society's dominant and privileged individuals and elites.

Why haven't eminent evolutionary biologists like Richard Dawkins recognised this and pointed it out to us: such a simple truth, so vital to understanding our situation?

The answer, again, requires an evolutionary perspective: The human brain evolved to "interpret" reality, i.e. its environment, to its own, perceived (essentially Darwinian, of course) advantage. Anyone who is anyone and found "success" in the existing socioeconomic environment, i.e. status quo, like Richard Dawkins, for example, is subconsciously prevented by their own brain from seriously questioning and thus undermining it.

The validity of this perspective becomes clearer when one realizes that in the artificial environment of human civilization itself (not the environment human nature evolved in and is thus adapted to), the primordial Darwinian struggle for survival and (reproductive) success is misplaced and perverted, reduced largely to the pursuit and exercise of POWER, i.e. money, the moral high ground, social and political status, etc.

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