Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Social Naturalism

All jokes aside, as much as I may seem like someone with silly opinions regarding politics and society, I would argue that I am some sort of Social Naturalist. I tend to take things that can be observed in nature and attempt to apply them to human society. Nature has existed and thrived for many millions of years, where human civilization has only existed for a few millennia and is clearly struggling to refrain from eradicating itself along with most if not all life on the planet.

Nature is cruel, remorseless, and indifferent to all suffering, but this is why nature is so wildly successful. Survival is a challenge in and of itself, but in order to thrive one must be the most competitive life form performing it’s role. In the case of humans in the role of sapient life, this sadly is not saying much, because the man running in a one man race always wins.

Many concepts that provide the basis of tremendous success for many other forms of life can be emulated by humans, and the same success can be had by humans who would otherwise go without. Natural Selection is absent from modern life, and thus it must be emulated in absentia in order to prevent the degradation of the quality genetics that allowed the prehistoric humans to succeed in the first place. This does not necessarily involve reducing survival rates or “killing” anyone, it can be humanely accomplished through a culling of the population that sorts people based on skills and traits.

Humans are shortsighted and self-centered, and this leads to many of the atrocities committed by man. Were the animal kingdom revered, people would respect things like specialized skills of insects, which allows colonies of ants and bees to function, as each member is willing to accomplish their role, because this is the natural way of life for an ant. Rather than having a choice, which ultimately gives the human the choice to fail, and accomplish little to nothing, humans can be culled by their innate strengths and channeled into development and education that accommodates and emphasizes improvement of these things.

This system would train people in what they need to know to be able to succeed in a field that they are naturally capable of being successful in from an early age, rather than have them taste all of the flavors of utility in the hopes that they like one of them enough to follow through with learning it to a constructive point. This would help society and diminish the amount of children in school who dislike school, or feel like they are not being challenged, by putting them in a scenario where they can enjoy or at least tolerate what they are doing and are expected to develop skills in a focused area rather than learning trivial things that will provide them no utility later on in life.

This need for this type of system becomes more and more apparent as civilization, technology, and science become more and more complicated, and thus take longer and longer to learn to the point where an individual is positioned to contemplate them seriously in an attempt to progress the field rather than learn something that is already known. By streamlining education and allowing children and people to pursue that which they enjoy or are interested in, then they can spend most of the day doing such learning, rather than enjoying one out of the seven classes that they teach.

Though everyone may not be academically gifted, there are still many other opportunities. Physical labor and skilled craftsmen are very valuable, and allowing children to focus on improving their physique or craftsmanship rather than struggle through many years of English classes or math classes would accommodate people who would likely have little use for knowledge of literature or advanced mathematics. Given that a craftsman would need to use algebra or trigonometry, the reception of such learning would be greatly improved if it were fought in a way composed largely of real world examples of where the craftsman would use such mathematics, rather than in meaningless rows of equations.

To anyone arguing that this is a form of oppression, it is much more like a military draft, or a civil form of conscription. Inevitably, people are forced to do things, whether or not they like them. This includes work and going to school for most people that exist. By attempting to facilitate the interests and passions of children and people, it is ultimately helping them by refraining from wasting their time with things they have no use for.

With a system like this, children could graduate from school and be qualified to perform skilled labor, or intern in an advanced field while continuing their education. This scenario is much more ideal than putting all students out in the world qualified to perform solely unskilled labor, most likely for minimum wage, with a dearth of any specialized skill set.

The organization of such a system would also prevent people from over saturating a field where there is no demand, as is the case with many liberal arts degrees. These people would be allowed to study these things if they truly were interested, but it would be much like a minor at college, as they are told that there is little to no opportunity for employment in such a field, but they can pursue it as a hobby if they do desire. They would be shown other fields that they had an amount of aptitude for an instructed to pick the one that interested them. This is done of course in an effort to better their lives, and prevent them from wasting their time.

As I am not really a naturalist, I do not know of every form of society within the kingdom of life, but surely there are many more animal societies that people can learn from and attempt to emulate in an effort to improve society and the currently reproachable impact on the planet that humans have at this time. Nature truly is the best role model available to humans if they desire to create a society that lasts through the ages, just like nature has. The current model humans use to create their society is doomed to a destitute existence due to the lack of concern for natural factors such as carrying capacity, natural selection, and other things that turn a population of otherwise reasonable sapient animals into a horrendous cancer that consumes the planet relentlessly until it meets it’s inevitable demise when it’s parasitic lifestyle can no longer be supported by it’s host.

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