I read an interesting article on BBC News that discussed a finding that war is not innate in human nature. I thought it was interesting, because I’ve been thinking that it is. When you look around at all the countries going through wars right now, and then you look back at Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, the revolutionary wars of many countries, the Napoleonic Wars, the Thirty Years’ War, and so on and so forth, it seems like war is just a part of human nature—or man’s nature.
The article was based on a study by researchers from Abo Academy University in Finland. Patrik Soderberg, an author of the study, said: "This research questions the idea that war was ever-present in our ancestral past. It paints another picture where the quarrels and aggression were primarily about interpersonal motives instead of groups fighting against each other." In other words, murder, but not mass murder.
Based on studies of isolated tribes from around the world over the last century, the research team analogized these tribes to the hunter-gatherers of thousands of years ago, because of their similar lifestyles. What they’ve found is that, as “hunter gatherers made the transition to farming, groups became more territorial and with a more complex social structure.” Thus, war followed as humans settled down. Ironic, huh? We settled down just to get rowdier.
Needless to say, this article really caught my curiosity, because it’s nice to think that war, and mass violence, and bloodshed is not something that is innate in us. And then it’s also somewhat daunting to realize that if it’s not innate in us, then bloody hell have we really become a bloody mess.
On that note, God bless our soldiers. May they all come home safely.
Here's the link to the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23340252.
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