Are Humans Naturally Violent: Humans Predisposed to kill each other

Are Humans Naturally Violent:

Are Humans Naturally Violent

An original study of 1,024 mammal species has confirmed the hypotheses Douglas Fields proposed in his book.  The study was conducted to determine which animals are the most dangerous and vicious killers of their own kind.  Well, one does not have to look far, one’s reflection provides the answer.

The poignant and atrocious reality is that humans are the worst there is to offer in the mammalian kingdom. We seem to kill for no apparent reason, rage, jealousy, for cold-blooded reasons, etc.

“Our violence operates far outside the bounds of any other species.  Human beings kill anything.  Slaughter is a defining behavior of our species.  We kill all other creatures, and we kill our own.  Read today’s paper.  Read yesterday’s, or read tomorrow’s.  The enormous industry of print and broadcast journalism serves predominantly to document our killing.  Violence exists in the animal world, of course, but on a far different scale.

Carnivores kill for food; we kill our family members, our children, our parents, our spouses, our brothers and sisters, our cousins and in-laws.  We kill strangers.  We kill people who are different from us, in appearance, beliefs, race, and social status.  We kill ourselves in suicide.  We kill for advantage and for revenge, we kill for entertainment:  the Roman Coliseum, drive-by shootings, bullfights, hunting and fishing, animal roadkill in an instantaneous reflex for sport.  We kill friends, rivals, coworkers, and classmates.  Children kill children, in school and on the playground.  Grandparents, parents, fathers, mothers–all kill and all of them are the targets of killing…”  -R. Douglas Fields, Why We Snap, p. 286, 2016.


Why Are Humans Naturally Violent

This transcript provides some insights into this deadly and troubling topic; it shows no signs of abating and the trend appears to be in full swing

Paul Bloom

A lot of people blame cruelty on dehumanization. They say that when you fail to appreciate the humanity of other people, that’s where genocide and slavery and all sorts of evils come from. I don’t think that’s entirely wrong. I think a lot of real awful things we do to other people arise from the fact that we don’t see them as people.

But the argument I make in my New Yorker article is that it’s incomplete. A lot of the cruelty we do to one another, the real savage, rotten terrible things we do to one another, are in fact because we recognize the humanity of the other person.

We see other people as blameworthy, as morally responsible, as themselves cruel, as not giving us what we deserve, as taking more than they deserve. And so we treat them horribly precisely because we see them as moral human beings.

Sean Illing’s take on Are Humans Naturally Violent

I’ve always thought a campaign of genocide or slavery requires two things — an ideology that dehumanizes the victims and a massive bureaucracy.

Paul Bloom

I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. I disagree that those things are “required.” I think a lot of mass killings unfold the way you described it: People do it because they don’t believe they’re killing people. This is what some call instrumental violence, where there’s some end they want to achieve, and people are in the way, so they don’t think of them as people.

This is obviously what happened in the Nazi concentration camps. People were reduced to machines, treated like animals for labour. But a lot of what goes on in concentration camps is degrading and humiliating, and it’s about torturing people because you think they deserve it. It’s about the pleasure of being dominant over another person.

But if you merely thought of these people as animals, you wouldn’t get that pleasure. You can’t humiliate animals — only people. So dehumanization is real and terrible, but it’s not the whole picture.

Sean Illing

What does that say about us, about our psychology, about our susceptibility to this kind of violence?

Paul Bloom

Think about it this way: We’re all sensitive to social hierarchies and to a desire for approval and esteem. So we often fold to the social pressures of our environment. That’s not necessarily evil. I come into my job as a professor and I want to do well, I want the respect of my peers. There’s nothing wrong about that.

But our desire to do well socially can have an ugly side. If you can earn respect by helping people, that’s great. If you can earn respect by physically dominating people with aggression and violence, that’s destructive. So a lot depends on our social environment and whether it incentivizes good or bad behaviour. Full Story

Why are Teenagers Killing Each Other

Are Humans Naturally Violent? The answer would have to be yes if you base it one teenage violence. The story below is one example of thousands of how today’s teenagers are resorting more and more to violence.

The day after Amaan was murdered, yards from the secondary school where he had studied, the police forensics tent went up. Young people in hoodies and masks paying their respects clashed with police. As is becoming the custom when a youngster dies in a London street killing, online, Amaan’s friends were updating their social media profile pictures to photos of him.

“We grew up on a dirty and fucked strip. I was with you only four days ago talking about how many man we lost,” said one tribute posted on Instagram. “You said to me that one of us man were gonna be the next and subhanallah you wasn’t wrong. I’ve seen too many friends of mine drop and it needs to stop I can’t take it anymore angel. Farewell to a true driller and warrior. Rest in power.”

It’s a bloody time to be young

And working class on the streets of London. You don’t have to pore over statistics, or know anything about the victims, to get that these fatalities are an abhorrent waste of life. Amaan was one of three teenagers murdered in only three days at the start of April. In nine weeks, there have been 19 homicides in the capital involving victims aged under 25. Nine of them were yet to reach their 20th birthdays.

Most of those killed this year have been young black men, as was the case in 2017, when teenage homicides began to spike nationally, with 27 teenagers killed. The last time the numbers of young homicide victims was so high was a decade ago, in 2007 and 2008. Again, the dead were chiefly black kids living in deprived neighbourhoods.  Full Story

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