Ancestors in The Savannah

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Continuing to read "Quiet" and on a section that discusses stage fright and the evolutionary reason why it's the number 1 fear in America (was hard for me to believe).

“public speaking anxiety may be primal and quintessentially human, not limited to those of us born with a high-reactive nervous system. One theory, based on the writings of the sociobiologist E. O. Wilson, holds that when our ancestors lived on the savannah, being watched intently meant only one thing: a wild animal was stalking us. And when we think we’re about to be eaten, do we stand tall and hold forth confidently? No. We run.”

Excerpt From
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain

Any time I read about things like this I am always reminded how remarkably amazing it is that we are alive today. You are reading this because your ancestors survived being chased by ferocious animals. Everytime I think of this I feel empowered. 

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