The idea of Selfish, Selfless, Synergy captures us as humans. EO Wilson’s book, “The Meaning of Human Existence”, explains how evolution and biology made us this way.
We want to be selfish and selfless because we want to improve our situation and in our evolution, both techniques worked in different ways. As he describes, for the greater good, cooperation was better than competition because it can help us all benefit. For example, when an individual is cooperative and altruistic, humans reduce their advantage in competition to a comparable degree with other members but this also increases survival and reproduction for the whole group. This situaiton means humans are forever conflicted by their prehistory and its multilevel selection. This history left us in suspended, unstable and conflicted states that we forever keep changing. We often bounce back and forth between the two extremes positions, selfish and altruistic, that created us.
As it turns out, individual selection favors sin and group selection favors virtue. It is the useful past and value of these different positions that pulls us and has left us conflicted. He suggests this internal conflict of conscience afflicts all of us – except psychopaths. Therefore, we must understand that we should not feel bad by those selfish urges, its our genetics. Upon review, however, neither way is ideal. If we give in to individual selection, it would dissolve society. If on the other hand we give in to groups, this would make us angelic angels meaning we would become outsized ants. This also means that if we want to do good and improve our lots in life, we must consider beyond our initial pulls.
He also suggests this internal conflict in conscience caused by our competing levels of natural selection is more than just an arcane subject for theoretical biologists to ponder. As he explains, it is not the presence of good or evil tearing at one another, it is a biological trait fundamental to understanding the human condition. These opposed selection pressures during our genetic evolution of humans produced this unstable mix of innate emotional responses. This conflict caused an instability of human emotions, however he is urgent to recommend that this is a quality we should keep. We should keep this trait because it is this internal conflict that is the essence of human character and the source of our creativity.
In other words, WE NEED: SELFISH-SELFLESS-SYNERGY. To me, Selfish, Selfless, Synergy SOLVES the internal conflict that afflicts all of us by quenching all of these desires. We selfishly crave things for our self, however we want to be and live with other people who like us and are good to us, so we need to be selfless. We want that but we also want to have a better tomorrow. Therefore we need synergy. This is what I have dedicated my life to help accomplish. After all, what better way to satisfy my selfish, selfless, synergistic desires than to be SELFISH-SELFLESS & SYNERGISTIC?
The outcome of Selfish, Selfish, Synergy is the creation of all good. Biologically it satisfies our needs and desires evolution made innate as it helps make the world a better, more livable place for everyone and everything. To satisfy our biological and evolutionary needs we should practice paneugenesis which generates all good by creating pervasive, reciprocal, SELFISH, SELFLESS, SYNERGISTIC interactions so everyone and everything benefits. (Short video below describes this concept)
I look forward to hearing about how you help everyone benefit by doing what is necessary, that is being SELFISH-SELFLESS & SYNERGISTIC to satisfy your biological and evolutionary destiny.