Cultural evolution is defined as the idea that information that affects individuals' behavior that is acquired from other members of their species through transmitted beliefs, knowledge, customs, skills, attitudes, and languages, can be key to biological/genetic evolution.
Charles Darwin described biological and genetic evolution as the make up of three components: variation, competition (or selection), and inheritance. These too are the ingredients for cultural change. The core idea of cultural evolution is that cultural change constitutes an evolutionary process that shares fundamental similarities with genetic evolution.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the scientific community has quickly responded with working papers ranging from epidemiological models of the effects of different response strategies to large behavioural science reviews of relevant evidence.
Our ability to prepare or react effectively to situations i.e the pandemics, racial bias, riots, and human causalities are the protocols, rules, and beliefs of our institutions. So judging how things were handled, where would you place us in terms of evolving and doing better from the last pandemic? Culturally evolved predispositions that are often clustered as collectivism, authoritarianism, or a tendency to conform has hurt our society thus far. So why not choose something different.
Rather than taking generations to change our genes, humans can use intelligence, culture and tools to adapt our behaviours in years or even minutes.
The human society has the components to be better but it can only be done inclusively of all cultures. Solutions to all the problems we face in our lives, lie in the minds of cultures around the world. Just imagine how much better the world will be.
“People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos, is because things are being loved and people are being used.” John Green.