I’m sick of ordinary people speaking of animals as inferiors and not intellectually advanced like us. Our lives are basically complicated forms of animal behavior. Apart from scientists and philosophers, who actually contribute to human’s evolution, laymen are not that far from animals. Here’s why.
Animals understand social status
I live with five cats at home, of which three are males. At any given time, one male, just one, reigns over the other two. If one of the two subjects ever senses the dominant male’s supremacy can be shaken he will attack with ferocity until a new order is established or the old one is reinstated. Sounds familiar? That's basically the core drive of the British-French stand-off and the Cold War. These cats are not fighting for territory and they enjoy a constant supply of food and water, yet they compete for something very close to Maslow's pyramid's self-esteem. The pyramid from his book on human motivation.
Violence exists in our behavior
Violence is not a drive to us. It’s a capacity that has enabled us and other species to survive. And it's not about beating or killing anymore, these are the primitive forms. As we evolved, our use of this capacity has grown with us to serve new purposes. It's in our competition, our ability to take measures that may harm others but serve us and our groups. Just like predators kill their preys and aggressors. Violence plays a new role in a new level of existence, it is there and crucial as ever.
Drives of Survival are the same
Human behavior, at its core, is still run by the needs to eat, sleep and have sex. It’s frustrating and limiting. Eating, for example, is one of the reasons why we die, and sleeping takes away one third of your lives. I bet you anything if it weren't for people convicted that it's impossible to evolve out of this eating-sleeping system we would have conquered space and become immortals by now.
Sex remains something we want not only because IT IS FREAKING SEX, but also an indispensable necessity for literature, music and desire to live in the first place.
We both have the unconscious mind
How many times have you felt sad, angry or depressed without a reason? I mean without knowing a reason.
It can be quite troublesome, and it's time we took control of that little brat. The unconscious mind controls drives, instincts and social reflexes. Social reflexes are the instant impressions we take from things and people – animals use that to distinguish friends from foes. It's also responsible for things like feet fetish and why girls with rolled up sleeves or girls with pointy noses are a turn-on for you. Your first love rolled up her sleeves or had a pointy nose. This brain in the backseat is constantly receiving and sending signals that be very cryptic and complicate things more, like the chap who had dreams of his room being inundated with blood because he had failed to make his girlfriend pregnant and she got her period. Scientists are those who make decisions and discoveries using the conscious mind. This unconscious sucker should only be used for sex and going batshit crazy.