We are far more powerful, individually and collectively, than we have been led to believe.
Daily, we are flooded with messages about negativity in the world, because the media hype sells. But in addition to the hype, we directly experience or witness rising levels of chronic and preventable diseases, stress, anxiety, depression, and other dilemmas which seem at odds with our societal and technological advances in the 21st century.
The harder we've been trying, the worse things seem to get. The more we teach people about nutrition, more obesity and diabetes rates go up. The more we run, the more we get injured. The more we see our doctors, the more medications and side effects we take on.
Fortunately, with just some shifts in thinking about the problems we face, we have the ability to finally overcome and reverse them. The key is to stop blaming ourselves, while at the same time taking up accountability.
Most of the cultural challenges we struggle with, from obesity to chronic pain to mental illnesses, are a result of either mismatches between our biology and our modern environment or lack of understanding about how the body and brain actually function.
The answers need not lie in actually returning to a primitive lifestyle; rather, our ability to synthesize all of the knowledge we have and take a fresh look at it an evolutionary biology framework can allow us to understand which aspects of our environment we must really contend with in order to solve our problems.
With this perspective, we can stop fighting so many uphill battles, regain confidence in our ability to have profound positive impacts on our lives and the lives of others, solve the problems that have led us to feel so frustrated and disempowered, and ultimately unlock our full human potential.