First, a video on Man's inhumanity to Man.
Jul 23, 2010 11:15 AM in Evolution | 1 commentsFrans 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