In ways vastly more complicated than any computer, the human organism is designed to function as a unity, an integrated and interconnected whole. We have been evolving along with all life on Earth, for millions of years and we are still evolving. As we develop a deepening understanding about our biological origins, the challenges that humanity has overcome, and the many biological, psychological, and social compromises we have had to make along the way, pathways toward compassion for our species open up before us.
The study of attachment helps to bring us closer to our deeply embedded social nature and the ways in which we are better prepared in many ways to live in our evolutionary environment of hunter-gatherers than we are to our present social conditions. Learning about the complicated nature of human development and what happens when human attachment is disrupted helps to explain many of the problem that confront us as a species today.