Saturday, July 3, 2021

Kinds of People

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.” – Margaret Mead

If everyone were aggressive, fights would be constant and nothing would get done.

Many of the aggressive power seekers in our modern world don't recognize this. To them, anyone who isn't aggressive is weak, lesser. Thus the tribes, our societies, are broken.

Is this an inevitable outcome of human aggressiveness? We seem to be one of the most violent creatures on the planet. Certainly the most violent among the mammals. Chimps are perhaps closest. They have inter-tribal battles. They're willing to commit genocide. Other predators are sometimes violent, but in a limited way. Males don't usually kill females. They kill males and young so their genes dominate. Or they kill for territory.

Most creatures compete for resources and reproduction. Expand territory, kill others, acquire mates. Thank you DNA, not! Weirdly, it isn't just DNA. Viruses are a collection of proteins, yet they're driven to reproduce. Why?

Margaret Meade is also to have expressed the sentiment that she had done her duty by bearing and raising children, passing on her DNA. After that, her life was her own. In other words our whole purpose for existing is reproduction.

Our societies are broken at least partly because the powerful don't recognize the value of non-aggressive members. If everyone tries to be a chief, who will take care of the tribe? Arguably, a tribe can thrive without a chief. There are other forms of governance. It can't survive without caregivers.

And yet societies can survive based entirely on violence and slavery, e.g. the Taliban. We don't call their people slaves, but in fact they are. Conform or die. Follow orders or die. Try to leave, you die. Slavery.

Russia: conform or die, follow orders or die. Slavery.

Syria: conform or die, follow orders or die, More slavery.