Blame Evolution

If you think about it – really, just give it some thought – you might come to the conclusion that evolution has got it all wrong; quite upside down, really. Take for instance, human beings. We represent the pinnacle of evolutionary sophistication and success; we are the most highly evolved creatures to walk the earth. But, are we? Wouldn’t one be reasonable to assume, that the level of sophistication of an organism ought to be measured by the ease with which it is able to sustain itself? Or in other words, by how convenient it is for said organism to access sustenance from its immediate environment. I mean, just look at us humans. From the moment we wake up in the morning, to the moment we go to bed, all we’re doing really is either eating, or prepping to eat – and even if we’re not, someone, somewhere, is working towards it.

Shouldn’t we, the highly developed beings that we are, be able to spend much less time dwelling upon our basic sustenance, and be able to spend more time, well, doing other stuff? I mean, if the process of evolution was indeed as smart as they say it is, wouldn’t it have made much more sense for us to be able to just walk out in the sun every morning and soak up all the energy we need for the day in a 10 minute supercharge? Wouldn’t it just be so much smarter to rely on the one source of energy that will undoubtedly be there for us, easy to access, all the time? In fact, I would readily argue that trees are perhaps far superior to human beings; that we, evolutionarily speaking, have regressed since. This, simply because of the fact that their entire sustenance support system is right at their fingertips at all times (for you cynics, a gentle reminder that trees don’t wither and die on a cloudy day).

But instead, look at us. We’re quite incapable of sitting and focusing on one tiny little task for more than 3 hours, without hobbling over to the pantry. And that is not the end of it. The contents of your pantry are a result of hundreds of millions of farmers toiling year in year out, tilling, shoveling, sowing, watering and harvesting all kinds of crops. And then there’s the millions of people who process your food, package it, transport it, distribute it. Even if you couldn’t be less bothered about that, take into consideration only the fact that you need to drive down to the supermarket, or the grocery, or the farmer’s market EVERY week, which, as illustrated above, is just the tiniest iota of the front end of the process of filling up your pantry. I mean, even if you said to hell with the economics of it all, just take a moment to consider the cost in terms of man-hours to produce food. That’s just an awful lot of work for something as basic as sustaining our own survival.

Really, I would’ve trusted evolution to come up with something smarter.