Ultimate Act of Chivalry
I read this fascinating article about how male field crickets will lay down their lives for female crickets to survive if they get attacked by a predator. The article states that if a group of crickets are attacked, the male will let the females enter the burrow first and let himself get eaten by the attacker. This act may seem strange by an animal and goes against the laws of nature and “survival of the fittest” idea because the male will sacrifice himself for any female, but it turns out that this act by the male crickets may be chivilrous, but also has a selfish reason behind it.
With most species, the rule is that only the best survive and that any weak or too slow will be the ones devoured by the predators. Crickets don’t follow this pattern, they allow the females to live because females will be able to keep the species alive. Male crickets willingly sacrifice their lives because they know that that their mates will be able to pass on their genes to the next generation. The male crickets may die, but their genes will still be perserved by their actions. Crickets are very territorial creatures, and males will only open their burrows open to female crickets so that they can mate with them. Males guard the females closely because they are now his and if another male mates with them, the new mates genes will wash out the old mates, so crickets guard so that they can be the father of the offspring.
From these actions, both male and females benefit. Females gain protection from protection when with their mate, and the longer the males are with the females, the more mating opportunities and the better chance of the them being the father of the next generation of crickets. Each get what they want, while also perserving the species from extinction.
My question is, does this same role apply to humans? Do all the choices we make really come from our selfish reasons and biological needs even though it may look chivilrous? Let me know what you think.