I think many people make this observation, and use different terminology, depending upon wat particular way they choose to characterize it.
My husbands grandmother always said the world is made up of people who are grass and people who are mowers.
Sometimes you hear it's all conmen and suckers, winners and losers, the strong and the weak.....
"Everyones looking for something.... Some of them want to use you, some of them want to be used by you...", goes the famous song by the
I work with animals so tend to use terms like "dominant" and "submissive", and "establishing hierarchy."
When we came to the realization as a society, that the subconscious exists and has it's own motivations and ways of achieving them, we came to see
that "losers" or "slaves" sometimes choose to be on some level- that screwed up the concept of victim and tyrant.
Even the concept of power isn't so clear, because one can have and manipulate power in less obvious ways, even while being in a submissive position
(ask us women, we know that.... though some might deny it, it has to stay secret in order to work......). Being a receptor is often viewed by males
as being the loser or the slave (hence so many of our most vulgar insults, which refer to ones orifices being penetrated by another: or being called
one of these orifices itself).
But I think looking at it as a battle is sometimes ignoring the other side of it- which is that it is the same thing as sex. Sex can seem violent from
the outside too (ever walk in on your parents doing that as a kid???).
It is the act of creation and reproduction. And we have drives to reproduce our genetic material, but also our own thoughts and ideas want to gain
reproductive rights and spread their material far and wide too.
Some people tend to think the concept of memes is limited to a particular type of idea, as used in publicity or something. But "meme" refers to an
idea or concept...... the concept of a meme is, itself, a meme! Your opinions and views are memes, as are mine.
Just as our physical drives to reproduce are part of the process of evolution and adaptation, so is this drive our memes have. These battles allow the
weak and less structured memes to be wiped out and replaced with stronger, better adapted ones.
Watching debate is kinda like mind porn.