Personification of inanimate objects has been a part of humanity since the dawn of time. However, personification of inanimate objects was not only practiced by ancients; it is still practiced today as well.
Personification of inanimate objects has been a part of humanity since the dawn of time. The ancients used to assign personality to inanimate objects like rocks, mountains, weather, and even the stars. Some cultures even assign personalities to abstract concepts like life, death, and knowledge. It should be noted, though, that personification of inanimate objects was not only practiced by ancients; it is still practiced today as well.
Since this practice of personification usually occurs during the attempt to understand their environment, it is an indication that humans can understand something with personality better than inanimate objects or abstract concepts. This is something natural, as humans often explain other humans by their personality. Another reason would be that as social creatures that often have to help one another, humans have brains which are adapted to understand what other humans want them to do.
It is interesting that the very brain adaptation that helps humans to survive is the one that sometimes misleads the ancients in their search for truth, or at least that is how most modern people see their attempt to understand their environment. Other than beginning to do careful experiments and observations, like how modern scientists do in their attempt to understand the universe, they begin to assign personalities to each power that they think may affect their well being.
Actually, it is not very hard to understand their way of thinking. Any beings with personality that surround them could be easily understood and asked for assistance for their survival, it is a very logical choice to assign personality to any power that may affect one’s well being. By assigning this personality to those powers, they hope that they may deal with them, by one way or another.
To think about a way to do this, we have to note that it is obvious that food and drink are the basic requirement for all biological creatures, and humans are biological creatures. That is a reason why providing other humans with food may help them to become friendlier with the provider of the food. Since most people around them show some tendency of being easily persuaded by food, it is logical to predict that these ancient human may start offering food to the personification of powers that may affect their well being in hope that they may be able to persuade these powers, to do them some favors.
It is also interesting to note that the very way that human brain is wired for their survival, also plays a role in how memes survive in their brain. Explanations about the powers, which include the personification of inanimate objects or abstract concept, will have high probability to become more popular than explanations without them.
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