War tries to distance itself from murder through a curious and sinister
alliance with childhood activities, through the paradigm of games, we continue
on with our activities.
But is it something deeper than childhood that causes us to kill one another?
It is not as though we eat the dead. We leave them there.
We have no cause for anger; in fact, we would prefer not to know who it
But perhaps it is simply the urge to change.
It is partially through murder (a la Darwin) that nature has shaped us,
defined us. Animals have killed each other for centuries and it appears
that it has no great effect of diminishing their vitality or number; conversely,
it can be argued that it has contributed to them being what they are now.
Nor is there a single instance of species that have wiped themselves out
through intraspecies killing.
And this sort of killing in no way undermines the structure of society;
in fact, it is in the most rigidly
structured societies that intra-species murder occurs. Look at the hive
life of the bee and ant that pushes out the drone, the salmon with
its rigid pattern of spawning and matricidal feasting. Does extreme structure
generate murder in its desire for purity? Does murder generate society?
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