This study overlooks many things, first of all what does natural even mean. Go back some thousands of years when you had to hunt and kill your diner
and it was natural to be more mean and vicious, come to today's age of McDonald's and were everything is taken care of by social constructs that we
made and off course that sort of violence is not around.
But that is just because it is not needed, in fact if you were to act about like your ancestors did you would end up in jail or worse. In effect
there is no such thing as natural in and of itself, it really is just dependent on your ecosystem more so then anything else, and in the right
circumstances in the right place pretty much anybody can become violent.
There really is not such a thing as natural tendencies more like tendencies that have been conditioned or breed in, mostly by our ecosystem, there are
tendencies that have been with us for so long that they have become like breathing we do them without being aware of them. But still that is because
they have been the most prevalent for the longest time. Violence is in effect as natural as any other thing out there, but like every other thing out
there it may be beneficial in certain circumstances, and in others not.
Our society is basically just conditioned responses to pressures, be those pressure physical, mental, societal, and even abstract pressures such as
resources and scarcity of them, in fact there are many more then that but those are usually the biggest most people have on any given day to day
basis. Society one could look at it as it is the domestication of the human animal for cohesive purposes, and like everything else it has been used
and misused and most people fall into any number of categories were they would have a trigger or strong point, and one of those is violence. In
caveman times it would of saved your life and maybe they would of been the leader of some village, in our more complicated time like I said it may
land you in jail. So what once was useful for the survival of the species now can be a deterrent and is basically not needed only in certain parts of
our society ie war purposes and such. And if you give it a few thousand years the things that we are conditioned today to do may also not be useful
for society and be shunned, and so it seems to go.
Its like raising dogs to fight in a lot of ways, that is pit bulls or any other dog do not naturally want to go and fight and kill anything they see,
they are in effect trained to do that. And when in packs they may have that natural pack instinct of protecting territories or attacking other dogs,
but all that is because it is what they have been conditioned to do by nature for the purposes of survival since before the dawn of history and way
before they were domesticated by humans. On itself a dog will just want few things, eat, sleep, sh*t and to lick its ass in peace. It will in no way
go out of its way to get into a dog fight, even if it barks it is purely instinctual responses. But the ones you see who fight in the dog pits are
trained to do that, if left to there own devices again they would just do more natural peaceful things, like sleep and run around playing.
Humans are the same, they may think otherwise but they would think wrong. So in way yes humans are not naturally violent, nothing really is.
Everything just has to do what it has to do, the rest is just what they call those things that they like to do. And off course then you have certain
things like social engineering for specific purposes. Which is a favorite pass time of those in power usually.
Oh yes that study has flaws in it. And there is a big difference between recognizing human tendencies, and going about your way to completely ignore
them. In fact in that field to say, putting your head in the sand and acting that humans are above or anything but just another animal who has to
survive on this rock we call earth has lead to more violence not less, some by willful ignorance and some was planed, but the end result is always the
same and ignoring the facts always has consequences most of which are dire.
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