Evolution and goodbyes
We know from the 4.5 billion year story of evolution, that, while competition is the key for species to survive, it is kindness, collaboration, compassion, the formation of symbiotic relationships that is the key for species to thrive.
So when we say ‘goodbye’ which is a contraction of ‘God be with ye’, we’re wishing the other party well, to fare well, because we know that it is in our enlightened self interest to leave on good terms.
When Juliet says to Romeo: ‘That I shall say good night till it be morrow’ she knows that she will have a future social connection with her Romeo and again it is to their mutual benefit to be on good terms.
And so it is with Brexit – Britain and the European Union know that they will have to sit down on the morrow and negotiate a huge trade deal.
So the quality of our goodbyes matter, because if we have a ‘bad-bye’, if we don’t fare well, then our collaborator, someone who could be our symbiotic relationship, our partner, could turn into a competitor and we get gobbled up.