138: Happiness and kindness means...

    Happiness, from an evolutionary perspective, is met when all of your needs are satisfied. This includes basic needs such as food, shelter, and other vital resources, as well as social interaction. Because of this, many believe that you have truly achieved happiness when you feel as if you belong within society, even if that society just happens to be a small niche. Americans try to steer away from this primal need because we are so fiercely independent, and I believe that this is why have such high rates of depression and anxiety. It’s healthy to belong within society, to have friends, to even just have a group of people you can connect with, and to ask for help. It’s not healthy to cut yourself off from people; even in the wild, the lone wolf dies due to lack of support.

    Kindness is actually a shallow concept, according to the theory of altruism; a person very rarely commits a kind act solely because they felt like it. We do nice things for people because we expect the same in return, even if that kindness is from someone different. Even in religion, we commit kind acts in the hopes of having a peaceful and happy afterlife. Even a hero with high morals acts selfless in hopes of building a positive rapport and reputation within society. We may not consciously think, “If I do this for someone, I’ll get something in return”, but that mindset is buried deep within our minds and drives us to help society so that we can help ourselves. There is no such thing as true altruism, true kindness. Those who perform incredible, purely selfless acts are an evolutionary abnormality and are considered to be extremely rare. + This is a very nicely written submission. What do you all think?