rene wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:12 pm
You in that case need to study non-human animals longer: all social interaction is fully hierarchy-based and for a very large majority of species very violently so. Only homo sapiens has --- to some degree, in some places and under non-demanding circumstances --- managed to lessen that a bit; to "civilise itself".
Lol. In an absolute, long-term sense, this probably scores us well below the rest of the animal kingdom on the "suitability scale." P*ss off a cape buffalo (an herbivore
), and your next of kin will be in mourning for a while, of course - but its herd isn't then going to raze your community. It's just... Like being a child (in a proper
environment, I mean), sort of. Do something bad, get spanked, get on with life. If we were more like the rest of the animals, we'd never have invented the nuclear weapon, because while we'd probably still - as a species - be destructive, we wouldn't be "mass destructive."
Tigers, sharks, pit vipers, and all the rest of the "fierce" animals, even if you could find a way to increase their intelligence to the point where they technically could
... You'd still never find a single one of them posting passive-aggressive garbage in the comments section of YouTube videos, et cetera.
The addiction of sitting safely behind a computer and pseudo-anonymously sniping at everyone seems to be a uniquely human trait. I'm just a poor, uneducated hillbilly - but even I am intelligent enough to know that if people in general acted "in the real world" like they did over the Internet, well, we wouldn't have nearly the population problem that we do now, I'll just put it like that. Yes, there are lots of decent people - but you've got to go with the average
Me... I can be a bit of an... a hind-end
from time to time. But that's not my Internet persona, lol, that's just me. I do try to overcome it, and actually am probably thought
to be somewhat more civil (like I stated, one must go with averages) in my Internet interactions than in the meat world. I take advantage of the "non-live" aspect to, ah, keep calm and carry on, as and when I can.
But I still have my moments, just like anyone does. And none of the above even takes into account the possibility of miscommunication/misunderstanding caused by the medium of communication (Internet).