I think that we’ve been sold a bill of goods that says that killing each other is in our nature. And based upon this scientistic myth, we live our lives very afraid and perpetually girded for battle, a strong offense being, as they say, the best defense.
Given the myth that we humans are natural born killers, one thing leads to another.
Any truly evolved characteristic of human nature lies so deeply buried beneath our self-constructed socio-cultural reality, that should any such genetic predisposition toward killing each other actually exist, it could never be teased out from the whole of the human construction that we have wrought among ourselves.
To determine if humans are naturally evolved killers take one hundred human babies and lock them in a room with food, water and everything they need to survive. Observe what they do in their primally evolved state in order to see just when and how they rise to begin killing each other.
When the going gets tough will the bigger babies attack the littler ones? Will the babies draw territorial borders around themselves and defend them to the death? Will some babies develop a taste for meat and turn cannibalistic? Will the boy babies engage in mortal combat over the attentions of the girl babies or vice versa?
I predict that the babies will not rise at all. After a good deal of crying and thrashing about, they will all be dead of natural causes long before they can exhibit any naturally homicidal tendencies, because to get the ball rolling the babies would need some grown-up humans to show and tell them how they and the world works — to tell them for example, that they are or are not natural born killers.
PS – We are looking for 100 pregnant women who would be willing to allow us to perform this experiment using their newborn infants. If interested, dial 666 on your Iphone and ask for Dr. Beelzebub.