ckaihatsu wrote:It actually unnerved me to think that perhaps the bonobo species is relatively *more* evolutionarily socially evolved than us humans.
Sure, we could learn from their 'lifestyles', but on the other hand *they* don't have to deal with how to organize complex modern societies so I'd say the bar is definitely higher for *us*.
The article I read through that you provided Ckaihatsu is clear. Bonobos actually do understand human languages as long as they are exposed to it as infant bonobos and are around humans. The predisposition for language is in their brains. They just don't possess voice boxes. If they did they would be able to speak a human language.
It means that the bonobo cooperative model is actually the one that gets all the achievement credits. Not the one about other less peaceful aspects of chimp behaviors.
Our needs for human contact with each other, to socialize and to eat and be together is very strong.
Being cooperative and sharing and all the rest is hardwired into our brains.
The newest bestseller by Rutger Bregman is about the hopeful side of human nature. Something rarely emphasized in scientific discussion about the nature of humanity Ckaithatsu.
We are not only selfish polluters and mass murderers of both humans and animals and the Earth....but also the ones who cooperate and are altruists and lovers of each other and nature and life. It is up to us to find out which part of ourselves do we want to emphasize?
The young socialists are growing. Because they want cooperation, they want a clean and healthy Earth, they want to not be slaves to making money and two or three jobs to finally be independent and get to be honest about balancing their lives with time for friends, time for being lovers, time for intellectual or artistic work, and time for friendship, and time for something more.
Bregman is right. Dissent and going against the status quo is important especially when the status quo is unjust.
It is interesting.