Are we serious about this thread? Oh well, I'll bite.
Based off of the theory evolution, us and apes both have a common nature to dominate and use tools... isn't fighting for dominance the correct way to do things? Since we are animals (based off of the theory of evolution), and apes as well as many other animals fight to the death. Isn't murder, killing, fighting, part of who we are inside?
That's, uh, not exactly how evolution works.
People who don't understand evolution take the "survival of the fittest" part of natural selection and think it means "survival of the most cuthroat sumbitch of the group" and that's not true at all.
Because what you're looking for is the fittest at passing on their genes
. This translates more naturally into "being a good parent" or "sticking with your mate throughout your child's life" or "cooperating with others" than it does murdering everybody in sight.
Think of "survival of the fittest" as happening between species instead of between individuals. Which group is more likely to survive: the group who has "evolved" to learn how to cooperate and work together, or the group that is constantly infighting?
This can be seen in other groups of animals, not just humans. Many animals hunt in packs or work together to protect their group. Lions, wolves, fish, ants, cats, birds, etc. This is why so many cultures have similar "morals": killing is wrong, children should be protected, etc. These are leftover from our evolution as a pack animal.
Sure, evolution also has some nasty side-effects. Going back to when we were pack animals split into separate tribes that fought for the same food and land, it was evolutionarily advantageous to have a general mistrust of people outside of your group. You protected people from inside your group, but *the others* were the enemy. This is where things like racism or general *otherism* come from.
Like other civilians, I dislike the view of killing and the loss of lives in others. Some may debate that society is there to make humans work together to reach a common goal, but it doesn't appear that we are so focused on that anymore. It's 2014, and our tools are getting strong, powerful, useful, and more dangerous. The thinking that once got us better lives are now making them worse in ways.
So, at our core we're pack animals that protect our own (because of evolution) but mistrust or even hate people from groups we view as *other* (because of evolution). Society (technology, communication, agreed upon rules, etc) has widened the group of people we can view as *from our group*- after all, I'm talking to you from hundreds or even thousands of miles away right now. That's a big change from not too long ago when the only contact outside your group was the other pack of humans across the river hunting the same deer as you.
Our biology has not quite caught up with our culture, so many of us have trouble with viewing people from "outside our group" the same as we view people from inside it. That leads to many of the big conflicts we have today. But hopefully, as our culture and technology improve (technology includes the internet, medicine, etc, not just bombs), we'll get better at including "others" in our own group and see them as people who should be cooperated with and protected, just like we view our own group.
Sure there are people who are mentally ill, or angry, but are they really bad? Is there a reason to this madness, possibly a rebellion to society? What are your thoughts on this topic?
Like I said, we got our sense of right and wrong through evolution: we view killing as wrong because evolution has made us into a more cooperative and symbiotic species. That's why many religions and cultures have such similar rules, because deep down, every pack animal has these kinds of rules, even if they don't have a language to explain it. Our "otherism" (our tendency to mistrust or hate people outside our group) is on the other side of that scale.
But morality and ethics are full of gray areas, so it's not as simple as "these people are bad". On the other hand, saying "there's no such thing as good or bad" isn't really true either, thanks to us evolving into a cooperative species.
Recommended reading list:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionary_psychologyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar's_numberhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingroups_and_outgroups