Excerpt from Chapter 4

The Society

“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.”
― Honoré de Balzac


The human brain understands that we live in a society, a society that is bound by rules and laws.

We are taught to help the weak and infirm, to give up your seat for the elderly, with the aim to live our lives with some sort of order and purpose.

Many humans are altruistic, giving time, money and effort for seemingly lost causes with no definable return on their investment, just the reward of helping others.

In fact, it’s ‘societies’, not ‘society’, as it could be argued that each culture, with is its own society, their own set of rules to live by.

Until quite recently, probably the last few seconds in the year-long timeframe of the homosapien, humans were unaware of other societies, due to their inability to travel, to meet and therefore understand different cultures.

The problem was (and in some cases, still is) that when we met other cultures we allowed our chimp to take control, driven by paranoia and catastrophic thinking, we tried to wipe out other cultures as wrong, because they were different to ours.

On reflection, the human brain now tries to understand different cultures and is often full of remorse for what happened before.

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