posted on Sep, 1 2012 @ 01:07 PM
Originally posted by ErroneousDylan
It would seem that this funeral system that the birds are implementing is very similar to the one elephants do so, there is a possibility that these
birds may also have an emotional system. Of course, it still serves a purpose for protecting themselves and others but it would seem that is not what
it's all about entirely.
I've long believed that our emotive responses have evolved from survival instinct. For example, there is a course through which it's likely that
Human love evolved.
Initially, men would have had the instinct to breed with multiple partners, but at the same time they need to protect their partner and their future
child. They stick around just long enough... We even see this happening now, but we just see it as a social problem when the abandonment of children
and partners is probably more driven by instinct and the need to breed than we accept.
But this partnership of mutual survival and protection is probably how we came to develop love. It could be argued that love is actually a very basic
mechanism to ensure mutual survival and the survival of our young too.
How many of us know people who got together when they were young, had a baby, separated, went their separate ways, had another baby with someone
else... This is part of the basic natural world, but people refuse to see that their "boredom" in a relationship is actually natures way of
encouraging you to move on to spread your seed further.
It doesn't devalue love, but it goes a long way to explaining a lot of Human behavior. We seem to forget that we are animals. We think we are somehow
"above" other species in this respect. The truth is that we relabel emotions to separate ourselves from the animals. We don't like to think of
ourselves as acting instinctively in everything we do.
It seems logical to me that if Humans have evolved to label instinctual responses as something else, many other species would have done the same. I
think it's likely that the more social the species the more likely they would have altered instinct into emotion.
Does that make any sense? I'm trying to explain it in the best way I can but it's a very complex thought process where every aspect supports