Branch Warfare and the Evolution of Aggression
The pages of history, those monuments to humankindâ€™s brief rule
over the planet, are replete with violence, death and
destruction. Indeed, it can be argued successfully that war,
genocide, ethnic cleansing and human violence against each other
have defined humanityâ€™s tumultuous existence on Earth. We are
inseparable from death and destruction, suffering and violence.
Turning the pages of the little we know of our own past, one
thing becomes quite apparent: Throughout time, in all corners of
the world, mankind has lived side by side with war, destruction
and death. We have defined our existence through the
self-inflicted violence we unleash upon ourselves. What is it
about the human condition that espouses in us a propensity to
grossly annihilate ourselves, inflicting horrendous misery onto
Violence and humanity were born conjoined twins out of the thick canopy of our ancestral home in the Eastern African jungles. Even in the ape-like appearance and behavior of our primate selves could our violent genes be seen. Competition forced upon us the will to survive through the defeat of competitor groups. Wars waged high in the canopy became the first symptoms of our disease. Group versus group, competitor versus competitor, the violence ingrained in us manifested itself in the primitive battles and hollowed screams of our long-gone ancestors.
Branch to branch, foot by foot, with nail and teeth the prelude to modern warfare was born.
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