Why do people feel anxious around other people
Evolution favored more talkative, self-advertising, aggressive
Those behind the evolutionary curve are like prey: around potential threats they clam up and try to remain unseen by the "alpha" predators
Every social interaction is a battle or fitness test, especially involving opposite sexes
Same sex interactions are status-jockeying for attracting mates
All uniquely human characteristics exist to maximize sex with ideal mates
Perhaps an increase cortisol production around people makes them more aggressive, talkative, willing to fight for territory
How do we know if our ideal vision of ourselves is attainable? Is it theoretically possible to have a combination of genes leading to an "itch" that can never be scratched? Wouldn't that be a primary cause of suicide?
I feel you anon. As a student of science, my mind had been educated over the years with ideas that have been mutilated past their original forms into instruments of pure self-pity and depression. I don't understand why my brain has such longing for social "connection" (or is deluded into believing this which I suppose is equally as bad) yet is wholly unable to dig itself out of this hole of absolute suffering. If you accept that a) everyone does not suffer the same amount, and that some people simply live objectively better lives than others (disgustingly so in some cases) it is almost impossible to rationalize something optimistic from it, especially in the postmodern world where we have no shared Great Truths which give structure and meaning to our lives. Yes some people will say we have to do it ourselves and this is true freedom and the only way to self-actualization but had probably led to more harm than good.
You just have to think: how can you possibly think life is designed to inevitably provide redemption, salvation, and happiness when you know there are kids who have literally been born into poverty, only to spend three years on Earth in a constant state of fear and starvation, who succumb to AIDS from the HIV passed on to them from their mother? If you do not subscribe to the solipsistic worldview and accept the fact men are not born equally, fatalism is practically, well, your fate.
I've been dealing with these theories of evolution rattling around in my brain recently. I can't get over the idea that evolution has most recently led to extrovertedness and us meek, autistic, shy fucks are just Neanderthals, with old, outdated genes, destined to a life of the bottom 30%.