“As part of the system we favour the system. We doubt the simplicity that underlies life because we are already caught up in its complexity. Because of the system of competitiveness about us our doubt is really prompted by our prior self interest.
By and large and under natural conditions, an animal fights to procure food, to mate, or to defend itself from attack. Its fighting is a behaviour pattern that is indissolubly integrated with survival. It is closely related to the animals total environmental reality. It operates in a way that tends to preserve rather than to dissipate the species.
This situation has been reversed in man; that with the enhancement of individualism the balance in favour of group survival has been placed in serious jeopardy. Today the very existence of the species is threatened because the antagonisms characterising man have been largely divorced from his biological needs and actualities. On his present basis of adaptation, man’s behaviour is characterised by an underlying mood of hostility, of suspicion, of competitive and destructive trends toward so-called “others”, toward those outside the pale of “me” and “mine.” Trigant Burrow
“Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid. I have never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from other men. There is less harm in a well fed lion. It has no ideals, no sect, no party, no nation, no class; in short, no reason for destroying anything it does not want to eat.” George Bernard Shaw