modern evolutionary theory

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Modern evolutionary theory contends with the understanding that physical evolution has encountered a natural limitation, prompting the realisation that the next phase of evolution involves the mind and spirit. This shift is driven, in part, by the acknowledgment that the body’s evolutionary pace falls short in addressing and overcoming the societal challenges of the future.


The progress of today’s society is hindered by individuals who resist or are unable to undergo transformation. These individuals often uphold nepotism and entitlement as the cornerstones of their societal beliefs. Consequently, negative behaviour is reinforced, making it challenging for them to break away from historical norms. This challenge is particularly pronounced in older professional sectors in the Western world, such as Finance, Legal, and Insurance. More disconcertingly, similar patterns persist within elected governments.


These collective powers wield influence over the rhythm of evolution for everyone, impacting not only societal norms but also the adoption of new technologies. This influence, both direct and indirect, affects the rate at which the planet’s resources are either depleted or irreversibly harmed.




High Performance, Over Trust

Throughout history, individuals characterized by high performance and low trust have consistently assumed pivotal roles in the process of evolution. This pattern has proven instrumental in enabling our species to navigate and adapt to various historical challenges, spanning from the hunter-gatherer era to medieval conflicts. Consequently, this dynamic has become deeply embedded in our historical narrative and, by extension, the societal fabric that shapes our contemporary world.


The roots of this phenomenon lie in the understanding that, in the animal world, there is often no inherent advantage in possessing high levels of trust or demonstrating care towards others. On the contrary, these traits may render an individual more susceptible to becoming a target in a predatory environment. This historical context underscores the prevalence of high-performance, low-trust individuals throughout the evolutionary timeline, as their attributes have contributed to the survival and advancement of our species.


High Trust, Over Performance

In the contemporary technological era, there appears to be a reversal of the historical trend. Presently, it is the high-performance, high-trust individuals who are at the forefront of leading innovations. Many of these individuals leverage their neuro-diversity to approach challenges from unique perspectives. 


However, an observation from personal experience indicates that this innovative spirit often operates within constraints, subject to the supervision, control, and, ultimately, manipulation by individuals who historically embody high performance but low trust. This influence may manifest directly or indirectly through the structures of contemporary capitalism.


Interestingly, the most successful companies globally already recognise this and prioritise medium performance with high trust individuals and even low performance with high trust over the high performance/low trust paradigm. Entities, whether businesses or countries, led by low-trust individuals risk eroding morale within the organisation, eventually affecting the overall health of the entity.


A crucial element in this transformative process is the need for a top-down approach to shift power away from entities that influence policy makers and regulators globally, often at the expense of others—a phenomenon commonly referred to as greenwashing. The emphasis should not be on disintermediation but rather on involving as many people as possible in this transformative journey. While some may resist change, others can be empowered by it.


The transformation journey, therefore, underscores the importance of inclusivity and recognising the value of trust in fostering sustainable success.