Are we hard wired to fight, to take sides, to play the win-lose game no matter what? If we are to learn from our leaders in Washington the answer is “yes.”
The theory is that natural selection goes to the winner who could defeat his opponents in violent competition. Think Gladiator.
We seem more like the chimpanzees who love to fight than the bonobos who prefer making love, not war.
If the bonobos can be helpful and friendly, maybe we should just watch them for a while and see what we can learn about a different way to relate in our human world.
Are we at a place in our evolution where our ability to make choices (rather than just respond) can be tested by each of us to find a better way? The way we are working and living is exhausting. The toll from guns is awful and who knows what this truly unnecessary shut down in Washington will do to our still fragile economy.
I was reminded of a story I heard when living in Santa Fe and visiting the pueblos there that says it all: in a dream two wolves are fighting. The young brave seeks wisdom from the grandfather of the tribe who explains that there are two forces in each of us, one for good and one for destruction. The wolf who wins is the wolf you feed. That is the choice we are struggling with in these frustrating times.