reply to post by droid56
We were savages, and we are still savages, and there are a great many positives to that duality. For a start, our species started out in this world,
often surrounded by megafauna, animals so large and powerful that their mere presence represented a threat to the physical survival of entire social
groups. It was only our cunning and savagery that allowed our relatively small, weak bodies, to perform the feats necessary in order to overcome much
larger animals, herbivorous and carnivorous alike, and claim dominion over the world.
At the same time, groups of protohumans, and later on, proper human beings, would fight over the prime hunting and gathering grounds, and the most
capable killers and most savage tribes would prevail, and have the fullest bags of herbs, skins, meat, and other resources.
After a time , mankind became pretentious and grandiose in his opinion of himself, and so were spawned vast empires, forged from the blood and bones
of those who allied themselves poorly, or knew no warcraft, or at least too little. Mankind became his own most bitter enemy, because there were no
longer significant threats to an individual of our species from outside our species. Savagery became a way of life amongst our kin, and genocide
became a tool of conquest, rather than a necessary method of survival.
And even now, when war is mostly fought at a distance, has only any honour or heroism as an exception, rather than as a rule, where a soldier could
kill hundreds of men and never have to get within ten feet of the sprays of blood, and showers of pulverised bone that he deals his fellow man, it
will be savages who survive the calamities which befall this species. The ability to balance a bank account is not going to save lives when the crap
hits the rotary air flow regulator, and nor will our mobile phones, or our advertising executives.
It will be the psychotic ape in every one of us, demanding we arm ourselves with sharp things and return to the woods and the fields, and hunt the
old prey, not to mention kill anything that stands between ourselves and survival, which will keep our species alive in times of deep strife. It has
ever been thus, and so it shall remain until the sky turns to fire and the earth is rent in twain in a final and total manifestation of oblivion.