Ah, what strange levels of insight exhaustion has given me... (As well as an inability to see... I swear that the 'thumbs down' was a question mark when I clicked it...)
It's strange because one doesn't expect to be thinking about this sort of thing at nearly one o' clock in the morning as they teeter on the bring of consciousness, but I've done it.
I was vaguely thinking about Infantilism, while at the same time another part of my mind branched off to evolution, and primitive humans. I've read this book called Human: The Science behind blah de blah stuff and how we're made. As I'm sure you've guessed, that isn't the full title, but as I said, I'm very exhausted and can't remember the full title. (As a note, and an edit, the book title is actually: HUMAN: THE SCIENCE BEHIND WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE Seriously, it's in all caps like that. Maybe just for the cover, but whatever. I recommend it to anyone interested in the human mind and social behavior. I loved it, personally.)
To get back to my point: This book discussed the nature of the human mind, among other things, and how every one of our modern actions and desires was coded and influenced by natural selection. For instance, sex is pleasurable because it promotes the chances of reproduction. For those primordial humans who did not associate sex with pleasure, the answer was simple. Don't have sex, don't reproduce, and don't pass on those 'sex == bad' genes to the future generations. Most everything evolved based on how well it supported survival, or how well it supported reproduction, or both.
Naturally, this doesn't mean that useless things are always wiped out.
The appendix (I'm spelling it like in a book, is that how it's spelled anatomically as well?) is utterly useless to the modern human body, but it is not wiped out as of yet. Why not? Because it does not harm us. (With the exception of appendicitis) It does not hinder our ability to reproduce, therefore the genes are still passed on. It doesn't help, but it doesn't hurt, so it stays with us.
Anyways, I was thinking, and wondering how Infantilism developed in the human mind (I believe it to be both environmental and genetic.), and what it had been portrayed as in the primitive human.
It is obvious that the first generations of the human species did not have diapers, or bottles, or pacifiers or any of the things that we covet and take to be our fetish. ('Our' used loosely, of course.) So, how did Infantilism first appear? How did any of it appear? There were no diapers for DLs to experience the joys of. There were no diapers or any of the aforementioned (That means previously, right?) articles which make us feel like babies, and make us happy.
I quickly formed the hypothesis that the first base of Infantilism and *BDL is not to feel like a baby, but to feel the protection and love that we associate with the baby/toddler stage of the modern human life.
This emotional link would be easy to achieve. The primitive human, after all, still had parents. Was still taken care of in the early stages of life, and was most probably still loved in some way. It is possible that the gene developed so as to yearn for the old feelings of protection and ease of life, and this is what evolved into our (again, used loosely) fetish. The association with diapers and such is just used because that is what we most closely associate to the protected, loved, and taken care of part of life, which was, it seems, when we were babies.
And so I pose the question: Which do you believe is most likely? Was Infantilism/*BDL evolved later on in human evolution, within the last few centuries (Which would imply a remarkable rate of spread), and based on the literal feeling of being a baby? Or is it evolved eary on, in the primordial stages of human life, and based off of the emotional feelings of protected and such? Or perhaps something in between, or a different idea altogether.
What are your thoughts on this? What support do you have, or that you speculate could be true?
What reasons do you have for refuting other ideas?
This is, to me, a broad discussion, and I'm simply interested to hear other thoughts on what it may be.
And so, I release my thoughts to the ADISC world, to see what will become of them.