Have you ever wondered what makes people behave the way they do?
Religion & Science have both tackled that question from various angles, throughout the ages. Various modern experts – psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, psychiatrists, anthropologists – have all propounded various ideas and schools of thought about what makes people ‘tick’, either in the normal sense, or as aberrations to the norm.
Sometimes it’s hard to see what’s right in front of your own face…
“I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward, and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?” Ecclesiastes 3:18-21
Human beings are warm-blooded mammals known as primates. There are more than 300 species of primates, ranging from lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, monkeys, apes & humans. Primates are the third most common order of mammals on earth, after rodents and bats. The closest-living species to human beings are chimpanzees, with which we share 98.6% of our DNA…
All primates have certain common characteristics.
Primates are social animals, living and traveling in foraging groups of various size and social organization, depending upon the species involved.
Primates are organized in dominance hierarchies, which impose order within groups by limiting acceptable individual behavior. Males are generally dominant to females.
Primates are territorial, usually moving about within circumscribed areas, or home ranges, which are of varying sizes. Within this home range is a portion known as the core area, which contains the highest concentration of predictable resources (water, food) and where the group is most frequently found (with resting places and sleeping trees), and it is this portion of the home range that is usually defended against intrusion by others.
Primates are aggressive predators, based on size, intelligence and rank & status of individuals. Conflict within a group usually develops out of competition for resources, including mating partners and food items. Aggressive encounters occur between groups, as well as within groups.
So make no mistake – human beings behave the way they do because we are the most organized, intelligent, aggressive & dangerous primates on the planet.
We are the Extreme Primates, in everything we do.
We dominate every other species throughout the entire world. Thanks to our technological achievements, we dominate and transform every landscape and environment on the planet, whether it be temperate, tropical or desert. We rule the land, seas & air. We even seek to explore outside our own atmosphere, to the moon and other planets.
We are the Extreme Primates, who fight to the death over females, money, power – or nothing at all. Who will kill just to be killing… Who will slaughter other people just because they are different in some way… Who will go to war over lines drawn on a map… Who will risk nuclear holocaust to the entire planet… Who will poison the whole Earth to death out of plain stupidity and greed…
Because in our heart of hearts, we are still just silly monkeys & apes – lost in delusions of grandeur and caught up in flights of vanity.