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Make love, not war 
23rd-Jul-2010 02:11 pm
First, a video on Man's inhumanity to Man.

Jul 23, 2010 11:15 AM in Evolution | 1 comments
Frans de Waal on the human primate: Make love, not war

By Frans B. M. de Waal

"... The origin of human aggression and warfare remains hotly debated. Until now, this debate has been dominated by what chimpanzees do and how this compares with our own species. It is little known, however, that we have an exactly equally close primate relative, the bonobo. ..."


And now a bit on the Bonobo (an ape) and their peaceful ways, but more importantly, HOW they achieve peace.

Frans de Waal - Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape

"... They have sex all the time, not to procreate but to settle conflict or get to know each other -- and unlike other animals, they have it face-to-face with some French kissing thrown in. ... In zoos, the average bonobo initiates sexual contact every 1 1/2 hours. ..."


Make love, not war. That is the Bonobo way. The bonobo has created a matriarchal society where peaceful resolution of conflict is done through intimate sexual contact. Apparently, for the Bonobo, sex is as common as humans shaking hands and with the same effect and purpose. Their "culture" seems to be very peaceful. Maybe we have something to learn from this ape.

But, an interesting thing to consider is that almost all of Man's major technological advances (cars, space travel, computers, cellphones, medical technology, etc.) have come about due to violent conflict and the drive to be superior to "the enemy". If Man loses his aggression, he may lose the ability to advance his intellect and knowledge.

There is a fine line to maintaining technological and intellectual growth and development contrasted with the goals of peace. I fear that for Humanity to prosper we do need some level of violent conflict. It may be there is a threshold where our specie's technological and intellectual advancement will no longer depend upon conflict and could be self-sustaining. How can we tell?

Learn more about the bonobo.
23rd-Jul-2010 09:32 pm (UTC) - Now that I think about it
WHY does sex work for the bonobo? HOW does it create peace and resolve conflict? Is it really the linchpin for their peaceful ways or is there something else at work?

I am not so sure that "the bonobo way" is good for humans. We have A LOT of conflict surrounding sex. We fight over: who with, frequency of, type of, lack of, duration, and all sorts of sex-related other things. Perhaps the secret to humanity being peaceful is LESS sex. If we weren't so interested in showing off who's got the biggest (bomb) then maybe we could actually have time for peace.
23rd-Jul-2010 10:39 pm (UTC) - Re: Now that I think about it
nope, I think if we had sex every hour and a half, would would be to tired to fight. but at least we undoubtededly get some good sleep.
24th-Jul-2010 11:17 am (UTC)
Would you like to pet my monkey? :b
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