Why Are Humans so Violent

Back in the late 1980s or early 1990s there was a story that came out of Lake Charles Louisiana about a missing girl.  The community had organized search efforts, people organized, looked through wooded areas,  put up posters,,,.

The turning point was when the local police got a list of convicted sex offenders.  One of the sex offenders happened to live close to the girl.  When the police questioned the guy about the girl, he confessed to killing her.  The girls body was still in his house.

It just so happened that the killer also volunteered to search for the girl.

What kind of sicko kills a child, then helps look for the body?

More recently there is the story of the 12 year old girl from New Jersey who was killed for her bicycle.  The accused perpetrators in this act are 15 and 17 years old.

What does this say about the future of our society when children kill each other over bike parts?

Humans are violent creatures

Our history is filled with human-on-human violence – serial killers, war, genocide, the Romans slaughtered the Gauls, the Nazis slaughtered the Jews, Stalin slaughtered the Jews, the United States government slaughtered Native Americans, Hernan Cortes slaughtered the Aztec,, entire cultures have been lost of genocide.

What is so special about one girls life compared to the millions of Gauls who were slaughtered under Julius Caesar?

What is so special about one girls life compared to the millions of Native Americans slaughtered by the U.S. government?

Maybe its because the crime was child-on-child violence?

Maybe its because we should have put violence behind us hundreds of years ago?

During outbreaks of the Black Death in the middle ages, starving parents killed their children, starving children killed their parents, this was so one could Cannibalize the other.

When pushed into dire situations, humans are capable of extreme violence upon each other.

But on the other side of the coin, humans are capable of extreme violence just for the fun of it. What other species has blood on its hands in the name of entertainment?

There is this religious based violence, greed based violence, drug violence,,,.  What other species on earth kills each other for material possessions.  What other species on earth kills each other over an idea?

Why haven’t we evolved past violence

Even though our society has evolved, why is violence so prominent?

Society develops better medicines, we put a rover on Mars, we have welfare to help the lazy and the poor, but we also build better ways to kill each other.

The pinnacle of our society is nuclear weapons, along with chemical and biological weapons.  Why must we find efficient ways to kill each other?

Not only is each generation driven to advance mankind, but we are also driven to find better and more effective ways to kill each other.

Instead of humans becoming a peaceful species, we are clinging to our primal violent ways.  Why is that?  Why do we cling to violence like it is something to be cherished?

We usually hang onto stuff that brings back good memories, or is important to us.  Pictures, letters, baby clothes,,, these are things that are important to us.  Things that we miss.

If we keep things that bring back good memories, why do we cling to violence?  Why are nations ready to go to war, why does society idolize violent sports, such as boxing and rugby, why do nations spend so much money on military weapons?

Between the 1950s and 1970s the United States and the Soviet Union were in a race to see how many nuclear weapons they could build.  How many times can we destroy the world?  Why do nations spend billions of dollars on developing weapons to kill more people?

Wouldn’t humanity be better served through peaceful endeavors, instead of building weapons of war?