Biology is my religion: for the meek shall inherit the earth!

I am not religious, but I think that a lot can be learnt from religion. The bible says “Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”. And this seems to be true.

Meek people are humble people, and humble people are okay with putting the needs of others and the needs of society above their own needs. In this case the bible meant that people who were not self-serving, self-centered, or selfish will inherit the earth and that seems to be very true.

Meek people do very well in traditional setting because they are okay with accepting guidance from the past or from “God” (if they believe). Meek people are better at co-operation, they are more inclined to have more children (since having children take a lot of self-sacrifice), and their children are more inclined to survive (because they follow a system or culture that prioritizes the lives of children).

It is the genetics of the meek that shall make it in to the future and so, it is the meek who shall inherit the earth.

Self-centered people also make it into the future (or it would not be encoded so well into our genetics), but in recent history it is the meek that have built larger and more successful societies. Self-centered societies simply could not compete with traditional societies.


4 thoughts on “Biology is my religion: for the meek shall inherit the earth!

  1. I think that the Macedonian / Alexandrine, Roman, Holy Roman, Mongol, Ottoman, and British Empires somewhat strongly refute your premise. Or maybe not since meek and self-centered aren’t in opposition and groups such as the Waffen-SS were beyond OK with okay with putting the needs of others and the needs of society above their own needs but nobody would call them meek.

    • I see it as a battle between self and society. I do not know all of the empires you named but I of know the British one and to me they were meek. This is a rant about liberalization vs. traditionalism. In liberal societies we have a culture of me, me, me… self, self, self.. not others. Just do what is best for YOU! In more traditional society there is a culture of the world being more than just you. There is a culture of sacrifice, of dying with honor for your tribe, for your family. These cultures, and this way of being social helped our ancestors to conquer the world!

      • Ahhh. I guess I just can’t make the jump between meek and self-centered.

        Actually, most of them empires I mentioned, including the British Empire, were sort of cultures of us, us, us. The self became the society as a whole.

  2. It is true, meek can be seen as shy as well. But I was thinking the bible meant is is humble, willing to put others before yourself (and well God before yourself).

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