Suffering from a mild case of aggravation at other drivers and traffic lights, I had a strange thought. At what point in human evolution did impatience develop...and why?
It is known that humans had a common ancestor with apes, monkeys, chimpanzees, etc. I wonder if those creatures also suffer from moments of aggravation. (I’m sure that those made to dress in foolish costumes and perform for humans must become slightly pissed off.)
Anyways, what good would impatience or annoyance have done for early humans? Perhaps, waiting hours for dinner to show up and willingly fall into a pit or let hairy little men poke them with pointed sticks might have led to aggravation. But, what good did that do? If no animal showed up to be killed, impatience did not relieve hunger.
This is an important scientific question, which surely will not be answered.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.