Evolved Sociality: Viability of Modern Social Constructs

Any species exhibiting sociality is the result of a species adapting to an environment laden with challenges — naturally solved by evolved sociality. Sociality does not develop in response to nothing, magically beneficial to a species’ function in a given environment. Sociality is proof of sustainable function, for without it, no species could survive an environment fraught with challenges — specifically solved by sociality. No less is this function needed to survive, than for a herd of elephants forming a protective circle around their young at the sight of predators.

Adaptability to changes in environment are compulsory for the continued survival of a species, for without adaptation, the existence of anything living would be categorically impossible. Small or large changes are met with proportional responses in adaptation. Reduced feeding grounds in one area results in a migration to areas with larger feeding grounds. This also applies for changes to climate, as wildlife will seek areas better suited to sustaining said wildlife.

Without question, adaptation is prerequisite for the continued existence of any species. For without this, the slightest environmental perturbation will result in the immediate extinction of all species unable to adapt.

With adaptation as a fundamental component of survival, all functions of any species must also exhibit adaptability for the very same reasons. With sociality as a critical function of a species, sociality must also exhibit adaptability. For without this, the function of sociality would categorically prevent a species in adapting to changes in the environment — resulting in poor or unsustainable function, and the inevitable extinction of said species.

Adaptation over time carries intelligence in adaptation. For past adaptation to a specific environment is evidence future adaptation of the same environment will be successful. However, adaptation to current environments using behavioural traits/methods used in past environments is categorically unsustainable. Parameters in the successful adaptation of one environment cannot be used to successfully adapt to a different environment — no more than a Phillips screwdriver could successfully install a Robertson screw, or a size ten shoe fit a size twelve foot.

It should be understood that the environment of a species is not defined as a physical climate, with trees, grass and water, but by all aspects affecting the function of said species. This means social and cultural environments among many others.

Changes in environment specific to the function of sociality will require adaptation in the function of sociality. For without this adaptation, the function of sociality will no longer fit the new environment, crippling the respective species as unsustainable — towards its inevitable extinction. Unsurprisingly, adaptation of sociality of a given species is a Universal Right.

The implications of this universal constant is far reaching. As a species of sociality, humans depend upon our capabilities in sociality far more than any other species on earth. Variances between environments from two separate human societies reveal not just immediate differences, but a clear distinction between the historical changes of each environment.

In comparison, isolated humans having no contact with modern civilization will reveal vast differences in the history of each environment. The function of an isolated civilization from a modern civilization, might be described as having no understanding of electricity, refrigeration, social media, or any other feature that defines the environment of modern civilization. This is not a comparison in technological advancement, but the function of a civilization as defined by the features of such an environment. These advancements are intrinsic elements of the modern environment — proportional to these elements remaining. Remove just one element: electricity, and the environment of modern civilization will change dramatically. Any alteration or change to the environment will require change (adaptation), if said civilization were to prevent extinction.

Respectively, the environment specific to the isolated civilization without electricity, will reveal little change was needed in the history of their environment. Likewise, the scope of their sociality will have changed proportionally. Their need for twitter, fast-food, or paved driveways, simply would not exist. For all those things are as a result of modern civilization evolving past the level of the isolated civilization. Likewise, their model of sociality would be unsustainable in modern civilization, for it would be without an evolved response for modern social disease, or a capacity to address modern media — amongst many other aspects.

Each environment applies pressure on all species within — towards sustainable symbiotic function. The pressure is always there, inherent to all species exhibiting adaptability.

Unsustainable function of a species is derived from the unsuccessful or incomplete adaptation to a sustainable environment. For a species not to adapt will result in its inevitable extinction. For a species to employ behavioural traits/methods from the adaptation of past/different environments is unsustainable, and would unequivocally prevent sustainable adaptation to the current environment — resulting in its inevitable extinction.

The clear impact of our entropic style of existence reserves no allowances in harbouring elements of past or incompatible environments. To place a static object in the environment of sociality is to prevent the sustainable adaptation of a species. The historical change in environment for a given species is proportional to the needed adaptation of sociality of said species. No more would it be sustainable to employ the medical practices of 100 years ago, than it would in employing the social constructs from a social environment of 2000 years ago. For if we did, members of society would succumb to common disease, toil without labour laws, burn from accusations of witchcraft, and be imprisoned for suggesting the earth is not the centre of the universe.

As a species exhibiting sociality, can we identify what parts of our environment are sustainable? Are there any elements from past/different environments currently preventing us from successfully adapting to a sustainable environment? The answer is surprisingly simple, as we only need to identify what objects in our current environment were spawned from past/different environments. The validity of all social constructs within a given society quickly becomes quantifiable.

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