Species of Sociality: Sustainable Genetic Morality

Is morality a conscious skill, or an inherent trait of sentience? To sight differences draws questions over noble discipline verses a natural instinct. What would define morality as noble, and why revere it with such social admiration? Questions such as these relegate this topic to a subjective concept — philosophically musing and possibly untenable as biological law in humanity. To understand how morality is seen as a biological law, sociality must be addressed.

Sociality is a trait developed by species requiring the collective function of members performing tasks that support the survival of the colony, and the species as a whole. These functions can be as basic as caring for young (as demonstrated by many species of the wild), or complex, as sentinels keeping watch over a family of Meerkats. Without question, these tasks are a necessity for the continued survival of a species.

The complexity of sociality is directly proportional to the environment that pressured the sociality to develop. As sociality is the result of gradual adaptation to a given environment, it therefore represents a sustainable function — as evident by any species still existing. As a result, this sustainable trait automatically gains Universal Rights in continuing this function.

With sociality as a sustainable trait — critically required for the continued survival of a species — it will exhibit the same adaptability as the species that developed it. For any species that adapt to changes in environment cannot support a trait that is unadaptable. Logically, a trait spawned from adaptation is fundamentally required to adapt. To understand adaptation, biological entropy must be addressed.

Entropy in many definitions involves a natural pressure towards equilibrium. At the point where equilibrium is achieved, maximum entropy is achieved. Entropic styled adaptation is compulsory for the continued existence of any complex organism, and cannot be dismissed by any social construct sighting inconvenience — for without adaptation, the existence of anything living would be categorically impossible.

Entropic (biological) styled adaptation is the pressure towards equilibrium (maximum entropy). Unsustainable population growth will result in the limit of growth. If the limiting factor is food, then growth will be limited by the sustainable supply of food. This cycle is found in any system within nature. The sudden increase in prey, will result in a sudden increase in predators — and the sudden increase in predators will result in the sudden decrease in prey.

The disorder of oscillation always crosses the line of sustainability — until it rests perfectly balanced. Similar to entropy in thermodynamics (where the entropy in a system is a measure of how far the equalization has progressed), biological entropy is the measure of disorder in a biological environment. Maximum biological entropy is the maximum adaptation state of a species to a given environment. Countless examples of entropy can be found in various areas in science. Recognizing how biological entropy pressures adaptation in a species will outline the entropic style of sociality of a species.

How species adapt to an environment is the result of adapting to past environments. Differences in the biology and behaviour of species is evidence of the varied environments each had adapted to. Likewise, the function and type of sociality of a species is also evident of the environment each adapted to.

The function of sociality is proportional to the environment of a species. Simplistic sociality of a given species is the result of a simplistic need — giving strong evidence that survival was less dependent upon sociality. Conversely, complex sociality is the result of the need for complex sociality. The underlying importance of sustainable sociality is proportional to the level a species requires of sociality. No other examples of complex sociality rival humans on Earth. To that, the importance of sustainable sociality is far greater to our species than any other.

The complexities of human sociality give rise to social constructs for various functions. The entropic style of our sociality means that change towards sustainability is inevitable. Many aspects of our sociality are evidence of this. Morality is an inherent social response of an advanced society. The social concept of morality is loosely defined as good or right. However, morality of a species is not a social definition, but comes from the projected outcome of sustainable action in the preservation of individual members, a colony, a people, or a species — as supported by Universal Rights. The subjective aspect of social morality is unsupported in the context of an evolved species.

Morality within a species is evident from the absence of needed definition. It’s not to be confused with sociality, as it’s more specific to social instinct. Empathy is a cognitive function of a species of sociality — a capability for identifying other species (or members of our own species) as a learning tool. Recognizing harm towards another is a survival instinct used in preventing harm to not just an individual, but to a community.

The recognition of harm towards others — coupled with our capability to project probable outcome — connects with our evolved level of sociality. These three components give rise to morality, as these three traits are ingrained in the genetics of our species. No interpretation or definition is needed, only that our instinct in self-preservation and sociality will reveal a corrective response.

The social definition of “Right” or “bad” is but only an interpretation of what we instinctively know from birth. To sight NOMA as a sound model, is to ignore the science of genetic adaptation in a species exhibiting sociality, empathy and cognition of projected patterns.

To protect and support the higher orders of life (individuals to a colony, to a people, and to a species) is a reciprocal function of any species of sociality. Survival instinct begets instinctive action in protecting members of a colony, colonies of a people, or peoples of a species. No less is it a foreign concept that a woman runs to the aid of an unknown child fallen off a bike, than a nation defending the survival of another nation; our survival instinct encompasses all levels.

Biological morality is a sustainable function of any species exhibiting sociality — a Universal Right.