Isotopia wrote: It's (war's) such a basic and fundamental act of our species (archtypal?) that there's no need culturally, linguistically or psychologically to even try assigning such a thing to it.
BlueBirdPoof wrote:Isotopia wrote: It's (war's) such a basic and fundamental act of our species (archtypal?) that there's no need culturally, linguistically or psychologically to even try assigning such a thing to it.
I hope you are wrong. I hope that war is an artifact that is more of the neolithic revolution than our "true nature." Although, it's true that hunter-gatherers had some pretty savage conflicts. I hope we can learn to outgrow war. I remember some years back somebody released some sort of study (statistical?) that claimed that once the population had too many young men, that war was much more likely--and the politics was just an excuse. On the other hand--competition for scarce resources. Another study I read about specifically linked violent death of channel island native americans to drought, based on statistical corrolations of skeletal remains.
So POOF! It's frustrating, ugly and a meat-grinder.
I don't like your tone.
I don't like your straw man.
I don't like your ad hominum attack either, but here's my best answer. No drugs, just deliberate hope. On a personal level, after 20+ years of fighting major depression, I have discovered that I cannot allow myself to indulge in cheap cynicism very often. Besides, I get no actual points if I correctly guess that war still exists 5000 years from now, so I may as well spare myself the aggrivation. On a broader level, if everyone decides war is in inevitable--self fulfilling proficy. If enough people question that, other, more interesting options open up.
And it's the soup fin shark that's endangered by soup fin soup. The great white has other problems.
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