As mentioned, the need to belong is a psychological need rooted in our desire to survive.
But this is different. Altruistic acts, like including someone in a group, ignites the same primitive region of the brain that sex and food do. It’s deeper than the need to belong or the instinct to exclude.
In the context of sociobiology, the Inclusive Fitness Theory states that “An organism can improve its overall genetic success by inclusive social behavior."
So, while the fear-based and Exclusive Males are pounding their chests at the edge of a territory — or on AM radio — the more inclusive Males are hanging back with the females — improving their overall genetic success so to speak.
So, if survival of the fittest is the game — and those with more inclusive behavior have more genetic success, then why is our species still locked into this Exclusivity Ethos that celebrates elitist attitudes and hierarchical structure?
Whatever the reason, the model is obsolete and we need to rise against it and replace it.
"If the goal is to come up with great ideas that help everyone, then letting everyone in to help is the first great idea."
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