A good way to understand human society is to realize that any large group of people will be represented by those individuals belonging to it that is most conspicuous, loudmouthed and newsworthy…
Humans are in fact not that different to other species. We make a little bit more complex sounds and our territorial behavior is a bit more involved, but to say we’re the crown of creation is rather self-involved. The most that can be said about mankind’s standing in the family of species is that we’re the black sheep, or the obnoxious kid sibling everybody has to put up with, or mom and pop will give them a hairy eyeball.
I just read in my local news paper that the US’s war on terror has failed to weaken al Qaeda.
Interesting, I thought, and read on, just to find out that someone had made a survey of some 20 000 people in 23 countries around the world, asking them if the war on terror had weakened al Qaeda.