Barnyard Animals

cI keep thinking about the nature of nature and the monotheist death cults; obsession is a better word right after another gory terrorist attack & its senseless taking of life.  It is a strange time to be alive in the West, we are literally having to fight for every principle of democracy that we hold dear; we are besieged from both within and without by people who would either sell us out to christian fascism or bomb us into islamic fascism. I feel like we are in a sort of catch-22 where herding cult tribalism is trying to overrun human intelligence and our psychological evolution. It may be the nature of the beast that whenever human beings break away from the herding pastoralists in large enough numbers to form cities in which human beings are allowed to behave and live as the evolved higher order species we truly are, that we become perhaps more inherently peaceful and enter a dangerous amnesia about the dominance of pastoralist peoples and their religious rigidity and conservative mores. In my opinion this is a large factor in why civilizations ultimately fall to less advanced cultures. I have always felt that the mythologized straight line of  ‘human progress’ to be a fallacy with no demonstrable evidence in history; it seems instead that human beings take one step forward and two steps back as there are always peoples waiting in the wilderness to overrun more peaceful and pacifistic city dwellers, as has happened time and again throughout our human story.

One of the biggest problems I see with monotheist death cults (besides the death fetish, I mean) is that they take their behavior standards from the animals they herd. To say that herd animals are not the brightest is no understatement; ungulates are some of the most docile and acquiescent formerly wild beings on the planet. So to take instruction from what a sheep or goat or cow does and apply it to humanity is a massive step into the past for a primate species and it is no accident that peoples whose primary occupation is herding animals can be said to be “traditional”, a word I don’t like since so much of what we know to be tradition was foisted on our forbears in the past at some point via conquest, but it serves to illustrate the general tendencies of herding peoples. In most domesticated herds there are fewer dominant males and those that do survive are altered (neutered). It is obvious that the depraved fetish of mutilating the genitalia of children is an offshoot of this tradition, homage to a herding deity; i.e.  ‘the lord is my shepherd’ and all that. But to the point, the damage to human society of this massive misinterpretation of nature cannot be understated.  Herd animals are ruled by dominance, and herd females are dominated by a bull male. It is easy to see where the male dominance demanded by abrahamic fundamentalism comes from, as uneducated human eyes with no knowledge of human evolution from primate species observe the nature of bull ungulates and seek with any level of violence necessary to apply ungulate herd behavior to our much more intelligent primate species.

There are similar behaviors in primate species; though human beings are said to have as our closest living relatives chimpanzees, the truth is that we also have the same genetic relationship to bonobos, with the difference in genetic material between the two in percent of human correlation being less than one percent ( Bonobos Join Chimps as Closest Human Relatives ). This statistic is important because though both are practically genetic twins they have radically different social organization and behavior with relationship to gender, as shown in the following example:

“Amy R. Parish of the University of California, Davis, reported on food competition in identical groups (one adult male and two adult females) of chimpanzees and bonobos at the Stuttgart Zoo. Honey was provided in a termite hill from which it could be extracted by dipping sticks into a small hole. As soon as honey was made available, the male chimpanzee would make a charging display through the enclosure and claim everything for himself. Only when his appetite was satisfied would he let the females fish for honey.

In the bonobo group, it was the females that approached the honey first. After having engaged in some GG rubbing, they would feed together, taking turns with virtually no competition between them. The male might make as many charging displays as he wanted; the females were not intimidated and ignored the commotion.” ( Bonobo Sex and Society ).

This is just one example but it radically demonstrates the difference social organizations innate within human genetics . It really isn’t any surprise that we have innumerable forms of social organization which we have taken over our history as a species with such diversity of behavior in our closest genetic relatives. It is plausible that practically any form that can be practiced has been; I remember watching a nature documentary years ago about a Polynesian culture in which it was believed that ‘it takes four men to make a baby’ so each woman was expected to mate with multiple men to conceive. I don’t remember much about the show except that comment by one of the men given to the documentarian as he and her other three husbands constructed a house for her in which to birth her child.

What is interesting to me is that with so many forms of social organization having been practiced over human history there is the pretense that the male dominant one is the ‘right’ one and the default system of organization for our species. Given our dependency on ungulate animals for not only food but also clothing and shelter since the time of domestication of ungulates though, it is I guess expected that the proliferation of this fallacy has been so successful. In the modern age, though, with so much scientific evidence available to us about the behaviors of not only our closest relatives in the animal kingdom but also the innumerable differing social organizations of our historic forbears over time, there is just no excuse for humans to apply the  sexual and social behaviors of herd animals to our primate species, a practice that causes great trauma to women and children locked in these de facto domestic violence-revering herding cult settings, but also keeps human beings locked in the emotional, psychological and intellectual dark ages.

Copyright 2017 Starshine Kerr. All Rights Reserved.

 

Works Cited

Gibbons, Ann. “Bonobos Join Chimps as Closest Human Relatives”. Science Magazine. Jun. 13, 2012. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2012/06/bonobos-join-chimps-closest-human-relatives

De Waal, Frans B. M. “Bonobo Sex and Society”.  June 1, 2006. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bonobo-sex-and-society-2006-06/

 

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