Re: time out - competition Posted by Shirley Knott on July 07, 1998 at 08:51:41:
In Reply to: Re: time out posted by Andy on July 07, 1998 at 05:26:25:
gosh, arguing online!
Perhaps this human strife, this irritation that
humans often feel for each other, is merely
another form of animal
Competition for attention?
Competition for respect?
Childish showing-off, perhaps?
Or competition for power/energy,
to be the leader of the pack?
We are, first and foremost, animals.
Some are just more 'civilised' than others,
and some 'less' so.
And who's to say which is which?
Back to the corewave -
Modern human nature (if this is a
tautology or a definition I don't know) involves
far more social contact than it used to.
A hundred years ago people very rarely travelled
abroad, and very often married and lived in the
same place all their lives. The same people from
the same backgrounds met each other, and rarely
did they swop strange new human genes when they
had children together, and rarely did they meet
especially new ideas, or perspectives on them.
Nowadays, we know opinions from the other side of
the world. We meet people from all different
places and backgrounds. The media not only tells
us, but shows us, in full-colour real time, all
the available options in almost every direction.
We communicate with more novelty and speed than
we did even a year ago.
Novelty theory, am I referring to you?
Why do we humans not accept it, that the world is
speeding up and coming to a boil at the same time?
Beacause we do.
Has this increased social contact caused more
strife, or less, than 10,000 years ago when the
Pyramids were built?
Are our wars bloodier? Or more restrained?
Are we more or less altruistic than we used to be?
Are we becoming more or less enlightened?
More or less.
Reach back into the past, feel with your memory,
try to remember what it was like.
Open your mind, as Cuato said.
Step into The mind.
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