MISSOURI, August 6, 2017 – Scientists might explain human behavior by asserting that we as humans have evolved from apes. This being the case, studies of the great apes in their natural habitat might indicate whether homo sapiens alone are violent.
Jane Goodall has been studying primate for decades, and she has observed that primates are able to use tools, show compassion and act violently toward each other. Which means that the predisposition for violence is not necessarily uniquely human characteristic.
But shouldn’t homo sapiens be evolving into something better?
The study of human history points out that people once lived in small groups and thereby knew each other. Consequently, cooperation and sharing would be the best approach to survival. Any breaking of the rules would be discouraged. Once there was a rule broken there was quick punishment in order to continue the survival of the group.
Once there was a rule broken there was quick punishment in order to continue the survival of the group.
With the advent of modern civilization and the increase in denser, non-connected populations living in large, mostly estranged communities, it has become easier for the “us” to conduct crime against the unknown “them”, more difficult for police to detect crime, increased opportunities for criminal behavior, and a larger, denser population in which to find a person who has committed a crime.].
Suffice it to say that modern societies struggle with this issue, increasingly so. Could there be a connection here between growing crime rates and lack of respect for God’s laws?
The scientist describes how crime has evolved throughout the centuries as population density increases. However, the one thing that is missing is how people have advanced in crime because of their lack of taking to their hearts Christianity and the love of God.
The Christian view is that because of their sinful disobedience of the commandments, they have fallen into the hands of Satan. What if humankind would obey the sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not murder,” and the eighth commandment, “Thou shalt not steal”?
If we observed just those two commandments, we would see a dramatic decline in crime statistics. It is fair to state honestly that society as a whole has forgotten God’s laws.
However, that’s a time and place I am from-