Fear Theory

There is a theory which suggests that as humans we evolved too quickly into being top predator. This has left us with a mentality of fear requiring us to grab whatever we can, whenever we can, living for the here and now, rather than being comfortable with our role and preserving resources for the future. Professor Yuval Harari said: “Only in the last 100,000 years – with the rise of the homo sapiens – that man jumped to the top of the food chain. That spectacular leap from the middle to the top had enormous consequences. Other animals at the top of the pyramid, such as lions and sharks, evolved into that position very gradually, over millions of years. This enabled the ecosystem to develop checks and balances that prevent lions and sharks from wreaking too much havoc… in contrast, humankind ascended to the top so quickly that the ecosystem was not given time to adjust. Moreover, humans themselves failed to adjust. Most top predators of the planet are majestic creatures, millions of years of dominion have filled them with self-confidence. Having so recently been one of the underdogs… we are full of fears and anxieties over our position, which makes us doubly cruel and dangerous.” (Harari, 2014, P11). This is an interesting perspective, I feel, and would start to explain why as humans we plunder and waste resources at such a rapid and unsustainable rate.

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