I have been studying a whole lot about the origin of shame lately.
If you are not common with the emotion, let me tell you that it is rather interesting to me.
Shame is really an evolutionary mechanism that was developed to encourage us to be proto-social animals. In our distant evolutionary past humans were all dedicated pack animals who relied on each other to survive. Therefore, every one of us needed an unpleasant internal sensation to keep us from acting enjoy jerks. This is called shame. I can admit, I didn’t really understand why it was so important for people to live in smaller groups.., and until every one of us had to rely on a fireplace for warmth last week. Normally, every one of us would use an up-to-date forced air oil furnace that links to our central heating and cooling system. All of us had the inefficient heating system to keep the indoor air at a manageable degree all Winter long. Without the large heating implement every one of us would never be capable of living in this cold and unpredictable climate. However, Last week there was an unlucky energy failure that made our forced air oil furnace useless. Suddenly, every one of us needed to utilize an alternative form of heat in order to survive. All of us turned to the traditional wood burning fireplace that in the past was only decorative in our household for warmth. This was the 1st time that I realized how taxing it is to keep a fire burning as your temperature control unit. You have to continually be supplying dry, high-quality wood to the spark in order for the fireplace heat to accumulate in the house. After 2 days of nursing the flame, I easily understood why humans needed to stick together in the days before up-to-date Heating and A/C.