I saw this YouTube video by NatGeo, which was shared and also reflected on by TransCultural Group. It’s about the key to species survival.
We know of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution that says “Survival of the Fittest.” While the theory says “fittest”, it does not actually mean the strongest. “Fittest” refers to the reproductive ability of the species, as well as their ability to create an environment where its young can survive and flourish.
When we talk about surviving and flourishing, what comes into our minds may be fitness or strength. The video shares that while strength is important, something else might be the key to survival – friendliness. Scientists have observed that cooperation and the ability to form strong relationships with others is critical for survival. It is not just evident in humans, but also in apes and even in dogs.
The theory somehow makes sense. As human beings, we have always benefitted from the social bonds we have formed – from families to schools, communities, and to large-scale international relations. While there are differences and some division between peoples, our interpersonal and intercultural relations have nurtured us and brought us to where we are now. We could only hope for relationships to become better for our species to flourish.
Below is the interesting video from National Geographic. Let us know what you think about this theory.