posted on May, 1 2007 @ 12:33 PM
With the passing of several recent, tragic events, I'm sure many of you have been questioning why/how someone could commit these things? On a general
scope, these things I speak of are War, Murder, and Genocide, to mention a few.
These problems are world wide, not specific to any group of people, type of government, or religion. Why then, do humans seem to have a tendency for
violence, and the ability to justify violence in the name of a cause.
I'd like to present you with a few things that most take as established fact as evidence that perhaps violence is part of our being. We're going to
talk about the evolution and survival of humans as a species:
We all know the story of human evolution.
-After Homo erectus migrated out of Africa the different populations became reproductively isolated, evolving independently, and in some cases like
the Neanderthals, into separate species
-Homo sapiens arose in one place, probably Africa (geographically this includes the Middle East)
-Homo sapiens ultimately migrated out of Africa and replaced all other human populations, without interbreeding modern human variation is a
relatively recent phenomenom.
Take note of the bolded portion.
-Studies of contemporary DNA, especially mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) which occurs only in the cellular organelles called mitochondria, reveal that
humans are astonishingly homogeneous, with relatively little genetic variation.
-The low amount of genetic variation in modern human populations suggests that our origins may reflect a relatively small founding population for Homo
For the moment, the majority of anatomical, archaeological and genetic evidence gives credence to the view that fully modern humans are a relatively
recent evolutionary phenomenon. The current best explanation for the beginning of modern humans is the Out of Africa Model that postulates a single,
African origin for Homo sapiens. The major neurological and cultural innovations that characterized the appearance of fully modern humans has
proven to be remarkably successful, culminating in our dominance of the planet at the expense of all earlier hominid populations.
-Donald Johannson (discoverer of Lucy)
If you don't know who Lucy is then shame on you! Now what does all of this babble mean? What I'm trying to show you, particularly with the bolded
sections, is that violence seems to be engrained in human nature.
What can we do to combat this? I don't know really, I just thought it was an interesting take, and felt the need to share it with all of my ATS