Back in the Stone Age, the basic instinct was to survive. From animals, nature, any possible danger.
Our brains were constantly working. Doing an almost great job of telling us when we need to watch out.
I am assuming this single trait allowed us to survive through billions of years and “evolve”
“Unfortunately” the brain has evolved much better than we might have expected.
It still works well to remind us of the danger ahead. What might hurt us.
But the nature of that danger has changed. It’s not physical as much as it is emotional. It’s not arrows and spears and stones as much as it is words and feelings.
The brain, everyday, is telling us not to do things that will be dangerous for us
Don’t ask that question. The world will make you feel stupid
Don’t quit that job. You will lose social reputation
Don’t wake up. Sleep will give you the needed rest
Don’t say you love her. It will make you vulnerable
Don’t take that unpopular decision. People will not like you anymore.
Overtime, dangers to mankind have reduced considerably. We are not threatened by extinction everyday nor do we think we might not return home at the end of the day.
However overtime, our feelings that the brain manifests as danger, have taken over our actions.
What hasn’t changed though is – who in the tribe wins.
The one that wins over the danger
And the danger today is our brain telling us to get comfortable.