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Being Human: An evolutionary Story (Part 1)

How did we get here?

Sometimes this is the most important question one can ask oneself. Corporations, individuals and even nations do this introspection. But most of the time this is done post a failure to draw lessons and improve in future. But what if we do not know what failure looks like?
For example, we have generation(s) who think that they were happier in their childhood, in their villages, living the lives of their parents. Nothing stops them from going back to that world, from burning their mobile phones and deactivating their Facebook accounts. But nobody does. We march forward- even when we know we have left our happiest habitat. What kind of success is this? Why do we move in wrong direction despite having all the signs that happiness lied the other way? Are human beings destined to be doomed?

Chapter 1: Making of the Human


Humans were a nobody among thousands more powerful species 70000 years ago. How did we climb so high so fast? Brains you say- but that does not help against lions or floods. Human beings learned to make and use stone tools thousands of years later. Brains may be the reason for our might today, but it definitely was not for many thousands of years.
The ingredients of the rise of humans is a perfect story of butterfly effect.
It all started with human’s ability to speak. The voice box moved up in the throat allowing us to generate thousands of different sounds- much more than any animal ever before. We started producing sounds, talking to each other, gossiping, adding more details to our communications. If we wanted to inform a fellow human being that a group of lions is approaching, we did not just say lions like most other animals did. We added much more information- how many, what age, how hungry, what gender? This helped us prepare well, prepare for defense and counterattacks.
We started creating stories, that we would pass on to our children, and they to their children and so on. Our knowledge was not limited by knowledge of one individual- as it was in case of most other animals- but our knowledge was the collective knowledge of our present tribes and our forefathers. If one human being invented fire, no one else ever had to do it again! The knowledge would automatically come through tribe, through generations! Thus, humans had more time to learn new things, and expand horizons. If we are sitting today in a comfy room on a laptop- it is on the shoulder of millions of our fellow humans and forefathers that we are sitting.

And of all things, how it started- Habit of gossiping!

This is also interesting to note that this evolution was kind of counter intuitive. The upward movement of voice box meant that we ran a risk of choking. We developed ability to cough a few thousand of years later. So, this seems like a counterintuitive step of evolution. Or, perhaps the habit and need of gossiping is far deeper inside us than we know....