And while keeping your highly insecure Social Survival Mammoth feeling calm and safe takes a lot of work, that’s only one half of your responsibilities.The mammoth also needs to be fed regularly and robustly—with praise, approval, and the feeling of being on the right side of any social or moral dichotomy.
You’re not even sure what you want from the situation.
Let’s call that obsession a human’s Social Survival Mammoth. But something funny has happened for humans in the last 10,000 years—their civilization has changed.
It looks something like this: Your Great Grandfather’s Social Survival Mammoth was central to his ability to endure and thrive. Sudden, quick change is something civilization has the ability to do, and the reason that can be awkward is that our evolutionary biology can’t move nearly as fast.
The mammoth’s nightmares about romantic rejection made your ancestors cautious and savvy, but in today’s world, it just makes you a coward: And don’t even get the mammoth started on the terror of artistic risks: The mammoth’s hurricane of fear of social disapproval plays a factor in most parts of most people’s lives.
It’s what makes you feel weird about going to a restaurant or a movie alone; it’s what makes parents care a little much about where their child goes to college; it’s what makes you pass up a career you’d love in favor of a more lucrative career you’re lukewarm about; it’s what makes you get married before you’re ready to a person you’re not in love with.
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We’re all here in 2014, accompanied by a large, hungry, and easily freaked-out woolly mammoth who still thinks it’s 50,000BC.