So, in the shower this morning, I was having an argument with a fellow writer.
In my head, obviously.
I’m not sure why it was that particular writer, as I have no idea what her actual position is. It just seemed like she’d be the right person to have a counter argument to mine.
It kind of goes back to the motivation post, but this time it’s about biological imperative.
Biological imperatives are the needs of living organisms required to perpetuate their existence: to survive. Include the following hierarchy of logical imperatives for a living organism: survival, territorialism, competition, reproduction, quality of life-seeking, and group forming. Living organisms that do not attempt to follow or do not succeed in satisfying these imperatives are described as maladaptive; those that do are adaptive. (Wikipedia)
My thought is this:
Through evolution, biological imperatives can change nature, but not change completely. We’re animals, and as such, we will always need to reproduce, to survive, to be territorial.
However, there’s a grey area. On a planet that is hugely overpopulated, the need to reproduce our DNA in the form of children, as a culture/society/planet, is greatly reduced. The need to reproduce in order to have more hands to keep the farm going is nearly non-existent. Many people could care less about their family lines or genetics dying out. So while the desire may still be there, the actual need is not.
I wrote a tongue-in-cheek paper at the end of my Masters degree for a class called “Gender and Evolution.” It was a BA level class I had to get out of the way to graduate. The paper was supposed to be on celebrities or some such.
I wrote it on why homosexuals are the next step in evolution.
My (facetious) theory: Animals adapt according to the planet-if something dies out a population needs, the population moves on or learns to live without it.
The planet is overpopulated. Therefore we’re seeing a growing population of homosexual animals (us) who do not automatically reproduce, thereby decreasing the population boom and helping restore balance.
He failed me, but I like the theory. As animals, we no longer have to leave sick children on a mountain top to die because we know they won’t thrive. Even dogs and cats will often walk away from a sick pup/kitten, that we as humans can save. We’ve adapted so that death is further away than ever.
I have no clue where this was going, but it’s creating a cesspool in my head and I had to get it out.
Feel free to spit back whatever feels right.
Book: Saints Astray by Jacqueline Carey (lovely lesbian YA)
Song: Pame Havai by Alkistis Protopsalti