Robert J Bradbury wrote:
> Once an individual or group gets a distinct technology or numbers
> advantage, then yes, we do seem to have a bad habit of falling
> back on violence.
Lebensraum. If I understand you correctly, Robert, then I emphatically agree that "gratuitous homicide" is the exception rather than the rule.
The problem is, if we think "national" morality is a scandal, this is nothing compared to "international" morality. It is curious how a species as apparently intelligent as ourselves has been so impotent in translating ordinary village civility into intercivility with respect to the relations of putatively civilized political entities.
"Territoriality" seems to confer a civil waiver on competitors; even "gratuitous homicide", based entirely on indulgence in sadomasochistic anal wishes, is permitted with discretion by military officers because of its power to intimidate (or "terrorize").
I apologize for my apparent preoccupation with perhaps distasteful medical gestalten this evening. Rather "crabbed" as someone told me. Unfortunately, a medical, like a German, joke is no laughing matter. So what is a Saturnian to do?