From Model Ts to iPads, Capitalism at work
The human species, like many species on the earth, are competitive by nature. The modern day competitive spirit is the survival instinct processed through centuries of culture and society. And as many would presume, the competitive spirit has been refined into many different forms.
The survival instinct, which allows successful species to flourish, is a great deal older and more hard wired then the refining influence of civilization.
Life made its debut on earth about two billion years ago with the emergence of some instances of bacteria and algae. And with this early life came the genetic material that codes the form and processes of life. From about 430 million years ago the earth was witness to rise of many new forms that included the first land plants and as early as 10 million years ago the earth became host to the first apelike men. Modern humans have roamed the earth for somewhere between the last 300,000 to 200,000 years. So we have about 2 billion years of genetic programming supporting the survival instinct with about the last 10 million years of encoding encapsulated into the various humanoid species.
Contrast the biological timelines with the timelines of civilization which historians have dated back between 7,000 and 5,000 years in places such as Mesopotamia and Egypt. The timelines of civilization make up a tiny fraction of the timelines associated with biology and the mechanisms of life. Continue reading