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Response to facetious_badger (Reply #30)

Tue May 29, 2012, 10:37 PM

35. Yes, sociopaths will pop up from time to time

but today they are usually rightly identified as sociopaths. In the same vein, is it so improbable that those who go to war as a solution for disagreements will be regarded by the future majority as unique aberrations and horrible anomalies much in the same way we regard a cannibal? It seems if you are right and violence is built into us, certain forms of violence, like cannibalism, would never fall out of favor or practice. We'd make excuses and engage in mental gymnastics to justify and continue such behavior and certainly practices even more horrific than we could imagine would continue to rise forth. But that's not the case. I believe the statistics show the planet is moving toward less violence and it is smaller and smaller minorities that are causing most of the problems we have today.

Where did openly sanctioned slavery go? Where did human sacrifice go? Where did the state sanctioned racism of Nazi Germany go? Where did seizing territory just for the sake of seizing territory (military expansionism) go? Where are all these violent human behaviors and excuses for violence disappearing to if violence is built in to our nature? What is more likely happening is we are evolving beyond these behaviors. That they are not innate but can be shed from our personality from lack of use and denial of rewards, just like any underused physical adaptation.



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