The Twenty-Fourth Prasad
So all care giving was tainted with this early deprivation and self-centeredness of the care-givers and so, while it did not serve the newborns needs for perfect nurturing, it allowed for some, at least, minimal nurturing for survival. Meanwhile, it acted on the newborns so that such traits that were even dimly reflective of the satisfaction of the fully growns own early deprivations were selected for in newborns.
This period of ambivalence over newborns and what to do with them characterized your species for a very long period, relatively, and your species remained a small and insignificant part of all Earth planetmates because of this.
This only began to change when you began your sedentary-accumulative-conforming ways. So, however confused the grown Humans, over time they came to understand (and it’s to be noted that in some types of cultures; some would say all; it took a great deal of time to get to this understanding), that there is benefit to the investment in these dying, desperate prematures, for their survival.
(to be continued)