Do you feel different from everyone else? It may sound ironic to hear this, but you’re not alone. You’re really not. Many people just like you wonder why they get bullied, why they don’t fit in, and even strangers seem to accost them with undue malice.
This isn’t in your head. You’re not paranoid or delusional for feeling this way. You’re just evolving into a new species of human. Wait, what? Stay with me here because there are some interesting scientific hypotheses behind this claim.
You’ve no doubt heard about the “missing link” between Neanderthals and modern humans. So far, although science has been close, it has yet to discover the specific hominid believed to have closed the gap between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. It’s still a mystery.
What if the reason you don’t fit in is because you’re not meant to? Because you are the “missing link” (I prefer the term ‘hybrid’) between Homo sapiens and a new species of human called Homo evolutis?
The Walrus and the Cockatiel
I have not yet been officially diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, but I’m working on it. I’ve know I have the traits for several years now and have done extensive research on the subject.
Asperger’s syndrome, sometimes referred to as ‘wrong planet syndrome’, literally makes us feel, no matter how hard we try, that we’re a step off from the rest of humanity.
When I stumbled upon the neurological condition and its symptoms, it answered so many questions for me. It was like a puzzle being put together in my mind. Unfortunately, although it gave me answers, it didn’t do much good for my psychological health.
From then on, I wore a mask. I learned how to behave like a neurotypical person and became so good at it, I managed to fool even myself.
If you have a developmental disorder or mental illness, trying to mold yourself after the current social construct of this world is basically like a walrus trying to be a cockatiel because he instinctively knows he must blend to survive.
Eventually, the walrus will become the most dejected, miserable, angry, and confused creature on the planet. This is what it’s like when a human being with a differently-working brain tries to force themselves to do what they simply were not designed for.
It is incredibly damaging.
Let’s put this another way: Try running PC software on a Mac and see how far you get before the whole system crashes.
Jockeying for Position in a Rapidly-Changing World
Roughly 28,000 years ago, Neanderthals became extinct and modern humans took over the planet. There is evidence, however, that both species inhabited the earth during the same time period.
As a matter of fact, different species of humanoid living on the same timeline is not unusual at all. Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo rhodesiensis, Homo floresiensis, and Homo neanderthalensis have all been, by carbon dating, discovered to have been living together on earth at the same time.
Nobody is quite certain what wiped the Neanderthals out and made Homo sapiens the new rulers of the world, but it happened. However, it’s quite possible that the two species spent hundreds or even thousands of years jockeying for position as the dominant species.
Imagine how each group might have viewed each other: As a stranger, as a threat, and something to be questioned, avoided, or destroyed.
Could that be happening again now?
You’re Not Crazy, You’re Evolving
Juan Enriquez, Harvard graduate, academic, and best selling author, gave a talk about the sudden and rapid evolution of the human brain, and hypothesized that, as a species, we are moving from Homo sapiens to Homo evolutis.
(I just put this book on my ‘wish list’. I really want to read it!)
In other words, we’re “upgrading”, but the transition isn’t complete yet and might not be for a few more decades. We’re still in that stage where two (or more) different types of human beings are populating the planet at the same time.
Does a human upgrade sound too crazy to be true? We’ve already done it at least 29 times. Take the genetic mutation that happened 2,000 years ago by the Black Sea. Up until then, nobody on the planet had blue eyes.
Imagine what it was like for the first people who did? Were they seen as witches, angels, aliens?
Then there’s the ACE gene. If you have it, you’re able to climb an 8,000-meter peak without an oxygen tank. If you don’t, you’ll die without one. The 577R genotype has been seen in every male Olympic power athlete ever tested. Mutations happen all the time.
And if humanity is truly evolving into a new species, the mutation need only be of the slightest variation. After all, the difference between the genetic code of a Neanderthal versus a human is <.004%.
Autism and Mental Illness as “Growing Pains”
In the TED talk, Mr. Enriquez explains that there are decades when nothing happens to advance the species and then, seemingly out of nowhere, there are weeks when decades of evolution take place all at once.
Take the incidences of autism, for example. From the year 2000 to 2008, there was a 78% increase in incidents of autism per thousand.
That’s one gigantic leap in under a decade!
There are several theories on why this has been occurring.
- Fast Food – It has been proven that the chemicals in fast food do, indeed, affect genetic code.
- “Sexy Geeks” – Another possibility is that there is a geographic concentration of like-minded individuals getting together and having offspring.
- Chemicals – Synthetic chemicals such as BPA and pesticides may be altering our genetic code at a rapid pace.
- TMI – We are bombarded with so much information that our brains literally have no choice but to change to keep up.
Autism is one of those conditions that everybody seems to be looking to cure. And yes, for some people on the spectrum, the condition is completely debilitating.
But let’s look at the possibility of why for a moment.
It is the way the modern world is currently designed that makes being incredibly hyper-sensitive so impossible to deal with. It is not the condition of the individual, but rather the external conditions in which the individual finds himself that results in vast behavioral differences.
It isn’t just autism. There are also geniuses, superhumans, and those with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. These neurological and physical differences may simply be the “growing pains” of an emerging new species. In other words, we’re hybrids. Not quite Homo sapiens, but not quite Homo evolutis yet, either.
We’re something in between.
The Fear and Fascination of Difference
One of two things happens when an unusual person appears in our midst way before we are ready to accept the change. Either we revere the person as a god or we kill him. Actually, we tend to do both. We kill him first, then revere him as a god (or, at the very least, put him on a very high pedestal).
It’s just the way it seems to work.
If you feel different from the majority of the population, you most likely are and that’s OK. It’s more than OK. There’s nothing wrong with you, rather, there is something amiss in the perception of the wider population around you.
You signify change and change is terrifying for most (even us ‘hybrid’ folks). So if you wonder why you get bullied, why you feel out of place, and why, no matter how hard you try, you just don’t fit in, you’re not alone. I know I said that before, but I want to reiterate it because it’s very important.
My deep personal conviction is that the autistic, mentally ill, homosexual, and gender variant people of the world are not abhorrent anomalies to be destroyed.
We are simply glimpses into the future.
It is not so much our differences that make living on this planet so difficult at times, but rather the reaction of some of its current occupants.
This has been my belief way before I ever saw this TED talk, but as soon as I did, I knew I had to write about it. Once more, with feeling: You are not alone. You are not crazy. Could you have a mental illness and need medication? Yes.
This article isn’t meant to tell you to throw your medication down the toilet, strip off your clothes, and run down the street screaming, “I’m evolved! I’m evolved!” You’re just going to end up in a nice padded cell if you do that.
Sometimes, in order to cope with the traumas of living in this world, we must seek therapy and medication. We must also learn appropriate social skills in order to avoid alienating ourselves to the point where we can have no positive impact on humanity at large.
The next time you get that shady glance, that side-of-the-mouth comment, those hateful notes tucked under your windshield wiper, understand something:
These reactions come from fear and ignorance.
It isn’t you who needs to conform to the majority, it is the entire species which needs to evolve. And you, simply by being here, are ushering in a new era.
Fellow hybrids, don’t put out your light. The world needs you now more than ever.
Click on the video below to watch the fascinating TED talk that inspired this article.