|Terrorism & Diminishing Returns|
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Posted Aug 15, 2003 - 8:56 AM:
Increasingly people are inventing downright stupid yet impossible to stop and devestating ways of attacking each other. For example, the recent record fires in Portugal were sometimes reported as being deliberately started by people. Although the US government doesn't really want it widely reported, this has also been a trend here and its becoming difficult to hide from the public. Despite a record wet summer this year, we have also had record forest fires the minute the rains stopped. If nothing else, five gallons of gas is a cheap and easy way to get back at the government by people who feel disenfranchized, used and abused.
Before anyone complains about the poor forest, I'd like to point out that forest fires are natural and are good for trees. The government spends a lot of money preventing forest fires because they harvest the trees for money and wealthy people like to build summer homes next to the national forests. Five gallons of gas can quickly and easily cost the government millions if not billions of dollars in lost revenue, preserve the environment for future generations by insuring the natural resources stay put, and is virtually impossible to defend against.
Other ways of easily seeking revenge, seriously impacting the public's quality of life, and commiting effective acts of terrorism also exist, but I do not wish to discuss them here or anywhere else for that matter. The idea of this thread is not to inspire people to light forest fires or commit other violent acts, but instead, to discuss ways of productively addressing the situation. As the world becomes more crowded and technology expands everyone's reach beyond their grasp, this situation can only get worse imo and commands more attention on everyone's part.
Sept eleventh was a wakeup call for america, but imo it was merely the first of many as politicians and the public retreat from their traditional positions and struggle to consolidate any territorial gains they have made while also using the opportunity to expand into new territory. A simplified version of this dynamic can be seen in the social organization of chimpanses, as first discovered by Jane Goodall.
If the Alpha male is too aggressive the females will ensure he does not reproduce by stealthily jumping behind the bushes with their favorite male the minute they come into heat, or a particularly abused male will sneak up behind him and bash his brains in with club. Either way, stealth and deception are used to regulate the levels of aggression in the troop. When the Alpha male's reproductive capacity is seriously impacted and resentment grows among the other males, he may modify his behavior somewhat. Rather than pandemonium breaking out with every other chimp sneaking up on one another under cover of darkness, social order is maintained by incorporating less drastic measures as well.
In recent years geneticists have discovered that fully one quarter of the human population is genetically predisposed towards violent behavior. Some ninty percent of all violent crimes are committed by young males between the ages 18 and 25, however people are more devious than chimps and also commit a wide range of less overtly violent crimes such as the Enron scandals demonstrate, for which I have no statistical figures. At any rate, evidently we have a great deal in common with our chimpansee relatives, and stealth and deception may represent ways in which we regulate the spread of violent genes as well as their activation by environmental pressures. Beat a dog or child and they will become increasingly withdrawn and/or violent depending upon their genetic inheritance as much as anything else evidently.
Keeping in mind that humanity may some day find ways to address the situation physically such as through medications or genetic engineering, the question still remains how do we create a more peaceful environment and culture to help avoid these problems in the first place?
"If war is the continuation of violence, then peace is not the absence of violence but the continuing attempts to work thing out." C. T. Butler
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