Why yes, I have!
Three Good Things:
|organic Heirloom tomatoes at Slow Food Nation's garden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
- Fresh vegetables! My parents have a plot at their church's community garden, so after church they loaded us up with fresh-picked heirloom tomatoes. Yum! This happened because my parents had to harvest anyway.
- Burger King. What can I say? That Whopper Junior really hit the spot as we drove home. This happened because I decided we should grab food rather than waiting until we got home.
- A nap. I was tired; I took a nap; I felt better. That seems pretty self-explanatory.
Moving right along. Next up is a video about human evolution, and how being social is in out DNA. Hmm. They say white people are more likely to have neanderthal DNA. I wonder if I just missed out on the whole "super-social gene." But speculating like that is junk science at best, so let's see what the actual video has to say.
So basically, anthropologists and primatologists have found a few tendencies that show up among primates and especially among humans:
- We're a caretaking species. We have really vulnerable babies, and we extend the tendency toward anyone who needs help.
- In the grand scheme of animals, we're actually a pretty egalitarian species. That might be why increasing income inequality makes us unhappy -- because we're literally not wired for it.
- We're also a forgiving and reconciling species. We fight and we move, but we don't just fight or move -- we make treaties, we work it out. I mean, 70 years later, look at US relations with Germany and Japan. I guess another species would have just taken the genocide route without a second thought. Well, I can muse on this for while -- there's other directions I can go -- but we need to move on to the next point.
- We're a very coordinated species. We imitate each other, on purpose or otherwise. It's why you yawn when someone around you does. It's why LOLcats are even a thing. It's probably why language exists.