To The Natural World, There Is Just “Success” Strategy - Deepstash

To The Natural World, There Is Just “Success” Strategy

As is the case with wood frogs, these two different behavioral strategies in humans seem to each have the capacity to lead to success. Under some conditions, an all-out selfish approach leads to success in life—largely via tactics such as intimidation and bullying. In other conditions, a genuinely other-oriented approach has the capacity to boost one's social reputation and open the door for all kinds of success in life.

In other words, across evolutionary time, nature has selected both selfish and other-oriented approaches to dealing with others in life.


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“An idea is something that won’t work unless you do.” - Thomas A. Edison

We humans have evolved a broad suite of social strategies that solve all kinds of adaptive problems. Some of us succeed by sheer and ruthless selfishness, while others of us succeed by gaining reputations as truly compassionate and caring for others. In either case, success is not final and in neither case is success final.

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