You, me, and all other humans (past and present), stand out as the supreme storytellers. 

What am I talking about? We possess an unparalleled ability to create fictions that transcend the boundaries of our senses, reshaping the fabric of reality itself. Fictions are NOT lies; fictions are simply things that do not exist in the material world until we invent them.  Fictions are things you cannot see, hear, smell, or taste, such as money, governments, laws, rights, cultures, etc. 

We Are Manifesting Animals

This power to create is both our greatest asset and our most profound challenge because it illuminates a dissonance between our evolutionary heritage and our boundless imaginations.

From the dawn of consciousness, humans have harnessed the power of fiction to navigate the complexities of existence. We tell tales of gods and monsters, heroes and villains, weaving narratives that shape our understanding of the world. Yet, while our capacity for storytelling knows no bounds, our cognitive architecture remains rooted in the ancient rhythms of the hunter-gatherer.

Our brains, honed by millennia of survival in the wild, are finely attuned to the immediate needs of sustenance and shelter. They excel at processing tangible threats and opportunities, leveraging instincts forged in the crucible of natural selection. However, in the age of information and innovation, this primitive apparatus struggles to keep pace with our capacity for abstract thought.

Our Storytelling Is Way Ahead of Our Evolution

As we manifest ever more elaborate fictions, from intricate technological marvels to sprawling social constructs, we outstrip the evolutionary mechanisms that shaped our minds. Our hunter-gatherer brains are ill-equipped to discard the beliefs we inherited as small children and stop using them to manifest our lives.  This leads to cognitive dissonance and existential angst.

This evolutionary lag manifests in myriad ways, from the proliferation of anxiety and depression to the erosion of communal bonds. We find ourselves adrift in a sea of uncertainty, buffeted by waves of change that our ancestors could scarcely have imagined. Yet, even as we confront the limitations of our biology, we continue to push the boundaries of possibility.

We Can Overcome Our Evolutionary Limitations

In the face of this existential challenge, we must cultivate a deep awareness of our cognitive biases and limitations. We must recognize that our perceptions are shaped as much by the stories we tell ourselves as by the objective reality we inhabit. By embracing a spirit of curiosity and inquiry, we can harness the power of fiction to forge a more resilient and compassionate world.

Moreover, we must recognize that evolution is not a static process but a dynamic dance between adaptation and innovation. Just as our ancestors adapted to new environments and challenges, so too must we adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the 21st century. This requires a willingness to question long-held beliefs and embrace new ways of thinking, even when they challenge the core of our identity.

Let’s  Bring Our Evolutionarily Limited Brain Along for the Ride

In this journey of self-discovery and transformation, storytelling becomes not just a tool for understanding the world but a means of shaping it. By harnessing the power of narrative, we can craft new visions of the future and inspire others to join us on the path of evolution and growth. 

Together, we can bridge the gap between manifesting animals and hunter-gatherer brains, forging a reality that honors the richness of our imagination while grounded in the wisdom of our ancestors.