Are Politics Evidence of Humanity’s Continuing Evolution?

As I sit here after reading article after article written by people of different political opinions, I wonder to myself, “How can these people BELIEVE this stuff?” It simply does not make sense to me, not a bit. Yet somehow, others are able to make sense of it, and stand behind those differing opinions. This opens up the question to me, is there some sort of physical cause for this?

It turns out that there may be.

A study done by the University College of London found that people who identified themselves as liberals generally had a larger anterior cingulate cortex – a region near the front of the brain that is involved in decision making, empathy, rational cognitive functions, and emotion.

By contrast, those who identified as conservatives had larger amygdala-structures that are linked with the processing and memory of emotional reactions, fear and anxiety.

The researchers suggest that liberals tend to be better at managing conflicting information, while conservatives are thought to be better at recognizing threats, adding that such personality traits are linked with specific brain structure.

In 2010, researchers from the University of California San Diego and from Harvard University identified a “liberal gene,” which has been linked with a personality type driven to seek out new experiences.

I found this information startling, and interesting all the same. The fact that it could be possible that our political inclinations are tied in with the way that our brain is formed is very interesting to me, and leads me to wonder whether or not this could be considered a sign of the continuing evolution of Homo sapiens.

Looking through history, you may notice that things tend to get more conservative the further you go back: slavery has been abolished, women have been given the right to vote, and now homosexuals are being given the right to marry – all forward-thinking and liberal ideas at the time of their occurring.

My simple thought is this: Maybe it’s not a mistake. Maybe Mother Nature is trimming the fat by making us more tolerant. It’s definitely in our best interests as a species, right? Survival of the fittest? We’re evolving to become more tolerant and accepting of new experiences, because that is the best way for our species to adapt, grow, survive, and thrive.

Perhaps it’s just hopeful thinking, but one maybe one day, racists will cease to exist. Maybe one day, people will be able to live and let live. Until then, I guess we’ll just have to sit back and enjoy watching the antics of the GOP.

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Mabon and Life

Well, for us down in Australia-land (and everywhere else on the southern hemisphere), it’s Mabon, or the Autumnal Equinox.

The Autumnal Equinox is all about the balance between light and dark, life and death, summer and winter. It’s celebrated on 21 March in the s. hemisphere, and 21 September in the n. hemisphere. It’s a time of thanksgiving and harvest, one of which I have not been able to fulfill because my tomatoes got eaten up by bugs!  (I definitely do not have a green thumb).

I do have a lot to be thankful for: a loving and supportive husband, an awesome family, my health (well sorta!), a somewhat creative mind, and of course all those other things, like a roof over my head, food to eat, stuff like that. 🙂

I can’t help but reflect on the darker stuff, though, what with the impending darkness of winter coming up.  Lots of emotional stuff, things like anger and anxiety.

I’m supposed to be starting my course on Business soon – technically I am all registered, all enrolled, all ready to begin, but I’m still waiting to hear from the instructor.  Been two days going on three now since I was supposed to receive word from them.  :/ Studying from home… I thought it was supposed to be less of a pain.

Been spending some time reflecting on where I am in life and where I want to go.  I’ve had some passing thoughts – maybe I should get into graphic design, or maybe open up a store… But lately I’ve been getting ideas like, maybe I should be a photographer, or a journalist… Take pictures and sell them, like Spiderman!

I’m sort of frustrated that I still don’t even know what I want to do professionally.  It feels like a giant roadblock.  I want to find something that I will love doing, but until then I’ll need to study and  cross my fingers hoping that someone will hire me. :/