An evolutionary disadvantage: Few thoughts

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   A group of scientists conducted an experiment on fishes to study how physical appearance (colouration) influence their evolution. Briefly speaking, they put the same number of males and females in two aquariums A and B (say, 500 females and 500 males in each container. Number doesn’t matter much). The container A has all coloured fishes, and container B has 500 coloured and 500 uncoloured (Have you ever seen guppy with no colour?) fishes. Then they allowed them for reproduction and continuously evaluated the number of coloured and uncoloured fingerlings (Fish offsprings) for several generations. What they found was this: Container A sustained the population almost the same, and the population in Container B got extinct. Inference of this experiment can be drawn from the fact that these fishes have a tendency to mate with the most coloured members in its species and they generally don’t prefer the members who are uncoloured. So what happened here was, the fishes in container A kept on mating with no objection, but fishes in the other container refused (with high probability) to mate with the uncoloured and finally, after few generations, their population got extinct. Finding the best partner to ensure the existence of the best future is a primitive and a most fundamental evolutionary pressure, wired in all species, including human beings. But what happens when the same scenario plays in our society?

   Imagine humans instead of fishes in Container B. Among the uncoloured fishes, there was no ‘problem’, since they can’t think about the ‘injustice’ they have been confronting from the side of coloured fishes. Coloured fishes never mated with the uncoloured, and there is no reason for that. The only reason is, that’s how they are programmed to behave. As long as there is no logic thought, there is no question of injustice. But when it comes to the human species, the real problem begins. For most of the people among us (Of course, not everyone), one of the fundamental criteria, flows around their subconscious mind, is to pick the handsome/beautiful and physically good person as their partner/companion. No wonder why we unconsciously think this way; this is the way we are all wired by evolution and so that this is not anyone’s mistake. Except for human beings, all other animals are feeling-based, so they just do what they feel. What makes humans different is his ability to think logically and then make decisions by setting aside these pre-programmed primitive thoughts. Still, people search for good looking people, since all animals, including humans, share these basic instincts. A practical problem happens when, people who are not ‘fit’ according to the evolution, are surrounded by other people (who are ‘fit’) then there is a chance for these ‘unfit’ people to get screwed up. Others may hate or laugh at these unfits, without thinking that they are blaming these unfits for something which these unfits are not responsible for. Continuous exposure to these events may distort the mind of a person forever and end up with becoming an anti-social. The funny part is, people who have never experienced these situations before cannot understand these points quickly.
   People who are ‘uncoloured’ (I use the word ‘uncoloured, which entitles all sorts of troubles people can have such as lack of beauty, height, colour etc.), bear this evolutionary disadvantage. But this can be overcome by dominating these outdated primitive feelings (It is the time to let these thoughts go. Because these days what we call as the best is not just the physical appearance if I am right! ) using our logic part of the brain. But it requires a bit of courage and discipline to your mind. Once we overcome this part, we will start to appreciate the beauty of the things we never cared to look before. We will see the beauty in ugly, disorder in order and perfection in imperfection and thereby ensures another leap in the history of evolution.

 

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