It seems that the natural tendency in the face of such appalling, senseless carnage is to assign responsibility to the people and political viewpoints one doesn’t like, and then to project one’s own attitudes onto them, all before the first bit of evidence comes in.We’re pattern-seeking animals, Marko. There’s no evolutionary advantage to assuming that Ook and Eek disappeared from the troop because Random Incomprehensible S#!t. When there aren't any patterns to find, we'll make 'em up.
This is one of those weeks when I spend a great deal of time wondering how our species has ever made it down from the trees and off the African savanna.
Also, we didn't make it off the savanna in spite of our propensity for killing, we made it off the savanna because of our propensity for killing. In order to properly control something, one first must not deny that it exists.
People get mauled by chimps when they forget that the cute, birthday-hat wearing Bonzo in front of them is a fanged killer who has no qualms about using violence to get what it wants. It's easy to let all the sonnets and science, art and architecture lull you into forgetting that you're locked in the biggest monkey cage of all with a few billion critters who make Bonzo look like a tame kitten.