Are some mental illnesses and disorders expressions of evolution at work?
Considering the pathetic state of human civilization, isn’t it safe to say that humans are not currently able to control — or, at least, focalize — their emotions in a practical manner enough to allow for survival? If so, wouldn’t it be painfully logical to accept and value much more those of us who are morally stable but labelled as intense, apathetic, peculiar, odd or asocial? I’m particularly interested in cluster A and B personality disorders along with autism spectrum disorders, seeing as none of them are psychotic or harmful and that they generally don’t perceive their disorders as problematic — only other people do, which is what actually leads to these individuals’ distress in the first place.
Could it be that these conditions are actually further evolutionary steps towards solidifying and maximizing the (conscious and evolutionary recent) frontal cortices’ grip over the impulses of the (unconscious and evolutionary outdated) limbic system?
If so, would it not be important to try shifting society around for the benefit of those who predispose us towards evolutionary progress — to start valuing self-control, intelligence, creativity and independence over mindless conformity?
Philosophically speaking, would it be best, as a society, to cull the weak in order to preserve natural selection or, rather, to begin consciously engineering survival according to our needs?
My own opinion clearly transpires through these questions but I’ll be reading your responses (if any) with as open a mind as possible and let the community decide whichever deserves to be selected as the best answer. Please do share any of your thoughts and reactions as there is no specific question.
Once again, thank you all for your time and inputs.
I’m sure you have an idea of how psychotic we have become. Imagination has spawn us into a labyrinth of false beliefs and this awkward pursuit of happiness. I’m not sure what you mean by focalization of emotions.. Greed and dominance is the evolutionary process and the main direction for our outcome.. Or failure.. Whatever. Big bucks in the woods always want more does; same difference “humans”. If you go back to square one and wipe out all the BS that we’ve developed through this “mental evolution” of civilization as of now.. Getting rid of all the weight. Our primary goal is to survive, hunt, and survive more. Somewhere along the line, someone with an ability to recognize or with “special” features, finally understood and had the ability to teach a simple task and understood the ability for another to learn. These spikes in the evolutionary chain of greatness towards a particular affected region of the brain often open a gateway towards understanding the present.. Much better than those of us who often times forget what the present actually is. Reversing all knowledge and clutter, these spikes are not permanent but over-developments of the so system you mention. Exposure to the special under the correct understanding could open an ability to recognize a greater ability in one’s self.. We just can’t understand it yet and only exposure to those “special” people, hold the key.
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