|04-05-2011, 03:47 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: New Hampshire
So I read this book called Blood Rites: The Origins and History of the Passions of War.
The premise of the book is that at the heart of war it is a bloody affirmation of a deep human desire to become predators, stemming from a desire to overcome a long and dark primal past where we were the prey of larger predatory animals.
The book does a great deal of work toward making this connection, arguing that no matter the reasons a war may be fought, these reasons are ultimately superficial and relevant only to the particular situation and that the human habit of going to war in order to solve problems stems from something else entirely.
I highly recommend this book if you seek to understand the human condition in more depth. It completely shatters conventional notions about the nature of aggressions, violence, human sacrifice and 'civilized' society. I really can't do the idea enough justice in a single post, so I'll ask that if this idea intrigues you, that you address why you think it is either a good idea or a faulty one. I'll then tell you if and how the book either supports or explains your opinion. I also ask that you read Blood Rites and if you have please participate in the discussion
|04-06-2011, 04:12 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2008
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