As this is not my first rodeo, nor my first offering to express my views on violence, I not only find myself comfortable with the topic, I actually enjoy sharing my opinion about it.
My father was (a large man) with fists like ham hocks, ..large ham hocks! Albeit, my father’s (physical dimensions) aside, I am absolutely confident when I share with you that my father never hit a woman, ..nor have I.
Question: If that’s true, how can I legitimately present myself as an individual with expertise in violence?
My sister was born on December 21, 1946, albeit my mother was a strong, loving, competent individual, she wasn’t above providing a moment for herself if circumstances allowed.
As I was born on December 26, 1941, I celebrated my fifth birthday five days later, and/or, the day after Christmas.
Question: So what does my birthday and my sister’s birthday and my mother finding a moment for herself have to do with violence?
Thank you for asking; 🙂 At the age of five my mark on the casing around our kitchen door read; (51”), and/or, four foot three, (which on average), was “eight to nine inches” taller than anyone else in my first grade class.
Consequently the first time the resident “third-grade bullies” crossed over into first grade territory seeking remuneration for their benevolence, and/or, not harming the smaller kids, they returned to their province with the understanding that there was nothing in first grade territory for them.
Did I hit anyone you ask? Absolutely not, I simply countered their challenge with a promise to make them unhappy if they didn’t leave my classmates alone.
Question: Have I ever hit anyone?
Do Grizzlies Sleep in the Woods?
Through grade school, none of my classmates were harmed, nor were any bullies.
Notwithstanding, as proven by “millenniums” of generations that when young folks approach puberty, ..(typically) around the age of twelve or thirteen, (in the arena of communication between adolescence and adults), all bets are off.
Teenagers are animals (completely) with-in themselves and for those of you who “don’t remember,” and/or, (claim) not to remember, shame on you.
Now then, for those of you “academics” that will take offense to my reference to teenagers as animals, a little history.
Question: What’s the difference between a (primate) and a Homo sapien?
The evolutionary history of primates can be traced back 65 million years, (mya).
Primates are one of the oldest of all surviving placental mammal groups. The oldest known primate-like mammal species (those of the genus Plesiadapis) come from North America, but inhabited Eurasia and Africa on a wide scale during the tropical conditions of the Paleocene and Eocene.
Within family (Hominidae), orangutans (Ponginae) were the first to diverge, followed by gorillas.
Molecular evidence suggests that the last common ancestor between humans and chimpanzees (Pan) diverged “four to eight million years ago, making humans and chimpanzees the closest relations among the great apes.
Current estimates of suggested concurrence between functional human and chimpanzee DNA sequences range between 95% and 99%.
The functional portion of human DNA is approximately 98.4% identical to that of chimpanzees when comparing single nucleotide polymorphisms.
Science and evolution…
Early estimates indicated that the human lineage may have diverged from that of chimpanzees about five million years ago, and from that of gorillas about eight million years ago.
However, a (hominid skull) discovered in Chad in 2001, classified as Sahelanthropus tchadensis, is approximately seven million years old, and may be evidence of an earlier divergence.
Human evolution is characterized by a number of important changes—morphological, developmental, physiological, and behavioural—which have taken place since the split between the last common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees.
The first major morphological change was the evolution of a bipedal locomotor adaptation from an arboreal or semi-arboreal one, with all its attendant adaptations (a valgus knee, low intermembral index (long legs relative to the arms), reduced upper-body strength).
The human species developed a much larger brain than that of other primates – typically 1,400 cm³ in modern humans, over twice the size of that of a chimpanzee or gorilla.
The pattern of human postnatal brain growth differs from that of other apes (heterochrony), and allows for extended periods of social learning and language acquisition in juvenile humans. Physical anthropologists argue that the differences between the structure of human brains and those of other apes are even more notable than their differences in their size.
Another significant morphological change includes the evolution of a (power and precision grip), a reduction in the masticatory system, a reduction of the canine tooth, and the transformation of the larynx and hyoid bone, making speech possible.
An important physiological change in humans was the evolution of the hidden oestrus, or “concealed ovulation,” which may have coincided with the evolution of important behavioural changes, such as pair bonding.
Another “notable” behavioural change was the development of “our” material culture, with human-made objects becoming increasingly common and diversified over time.
The relationship between all these changes is the subject of ongoing debate.
Actually, (going with reality), in the 21st century, everything is the subject of an ongoing debate.
The forces of natural selection have continued to operate on human populations, with evidence that certain regions of the genome display directional selection in the past 15,000 years.
In population genetics, directional selection is a mode of natural selection in which an extreme phenotype is favored over other phenotypes, causing the allele frequency to shift over time in the direction of that phenotype.
Under directional selection, the advantageous “allele” increases as a consequence of differences in survival and reproduction among different phenotypes.
According to Webster: “al·lele,” n. One member of a pair or series of genes that occupy a specific position on a specific chromosome.
The increases are independent of the dominance of the allele, and even if the allele is recessive, it will eventually become fixed.
Directional selection was first described by Charles Darwin in the book Origin of Species as a form of natural selection.
Other types of natural selection include stabilizing and disruptive selection. Each type of selection contains the same principles, but is slightly different. Disruptive selection favors both extreme phenotypes, different from one extreme in directional selection. Stabilizing selection favors the middle phenotype, causing the decline in variation in a population over time.
In simpler language; if a black man and a white woman have a child, the child will be black.
If a white man and a black woman have a child, the child will be black.
Question: What does the color of an individual skin have to do with their propensity for violence?
The simple and quick answer; …
..and of course when I speak of education, I am in no way making reference to any of America’s “Progressive Liberal,” i.e., “communist” based Colleges and Universities.
I tend to follow Einstein’s theory that universities should exist to promote thinking, ..not to foster failed ideologies.
Historically; European, German/Saxon and Caucasian tribes moved towards farming, husbandry, art and manufacturing, while the worlds darker skinned populations were content to continue hunting and gathering.
Violence is the tool of a fool.
As I have no knowledge of the man imaged above, he could have a college diploma? Albeit, by all standards of “decency and decorum,” (in my opinion), he is nothing more than an animal.
Have I ever thrown a fire bomb in the street you ask? “No, because in all my 72 years, eight months and 30 days on this planet I have never met anyone I wanted to hurt.
Question: “What about your service in Vietnam?”
Yes, I served in Vietnam as it was my duty, albeit doing my duty doesn’t mean that I wanted to be there or that I wanted to hurt anyone.
Homo sapiens, and/or, “human beings,” (by nature), are little and/or no different than any other animal on the planet when it comes to survival.
We began our journey in life “competing” for food and space and for those of us who give nature it’s due, we understand that little, and/or, nothing in our base character has changed in 50,000 years.
Name a conflict, “any conflict,” and I’ll provide a graphic.
How about Vikings raiding a neighboring village?
Or the war of 1812, ..because if there’s one thing that “we” Homo sapiens, and/or, human beings do with flamboyance, pride and passion, it’s “record ” and “celebrate” the killing of one another.
We celebrate killing one another in the pages of our novels, in our biblical Scriptures,* ..and in our theaters, from William Shakespeare to Super-IMAX in 3-D.
* Exodus 17:16…
“..and saith; because the Lord hath sworn, the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation..”
Homo sapiens, and/or, Human beings, (without education), are in fact and indeed extremely violent animals.
Albeit, (education) without “wisdom” and “intestinal fortitude” can be just as dangerous as an idiot with a knife or a gun.
Closing Query: What will human beings do when technology surpasses their intellect?
Simple: They will die in confusion and despair.
Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow