Make Love – Not War, and a Happy New Year

„[…] nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a small café in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything. Sadly, however, before she could get to a phone to tell anyone about it, a terrible stupid catastrophe occurred, and the idea was lost for ever.“

If you’re curious to find out which catastrophe was about to happen you should read Douglas Adams‘ The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to The Galaxy.

We can only speculate about the unkown girl’s vision, but we can carefully watch and study what others are doing – e.g. our brothers and sisters from Congo. Long before a „man had been nailed to a tree“ the bonobos have already started to „make love – not war“. In their culture making love is used for communication and conflict resolution. Thus a variation of the simple idea of being nice to each other has been around for quite some time. Unfortunately, imitating their behaviour will not solve all our problems, I guess. Nice thought, though … 🙂

Learn more about the bonobos and watch Susan Savage-Rumbaugh’s talk on TED.

All the best and a happy New Year!


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