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empty chairs after the bomb attack | Baghdad, Iraq | photo: Ahmed Saad

I believe — and human psychologists, particularly psychoanalysts should test this — that present-day civilized man suffers from insufficient discharge of his aggressive drive. It is more than probable that the evil effects of the human aggressive drives, explained by Sigmund Freud as the results of a special death wish, simply derive from the fact that in prehistoric times intra-specific selection bred into man a measure of aggression drive for which in the social order today he finds no adequate outlet — Konrad Lorenz

Agression can be compared to a preexisting mix of chemicals ready to be transformed by specific catalysts that are added, rather than to a fluid that continuously builds pressure against the wall of its containers — E.O. Wilson

It is true that human aggressive behavior, especially in its more dangerous forms of military action and criminal assault, is learned. But the learning is prepared for. Humans are strongly predisposed to slide into deep, irrational hostility — E.O. Wilson

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats — H.L. Mencken

Let us imagine that an absolutely unbiased investigator on another planet, perhaps on Mars, is examining human behavior on earth, with the aid of a telescope whose magnification is too small to enable him to discern individuals and follow their separate behavior, but large enough for him to observe occurrences such as migrations of peoples, wars, and similar great historical events. He would never gain the impression that human behavior was dictated by intelligence, still less by responsible morality — Konrad Lorenz

Men are so necessarily agressive, that not to be agressive would amount to another form of agression — Blaise Kopjes

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