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The human animal

The human being. I honestly don't understand the need to attach being to human. Being what? I don't get it.
Let's be honest, here. We're really the human animal. We live according to our instincts, for the most part, and we attach a sense of unearned superiority to anything we do that it's almost ridiculous.
Humans are capable of reason, but don't actually use it. What is reason? An idea there's a rational human within us, I suppose.
There might be. There's examples throughout both fiction and history. But for the most part, we're simply overgrown monkeys. Possibly our evolution happened because millions of years ago too many of our ancestors fell out of the safety of the tree direct onto their heads, and we're the result of concussed genetics.
Consider me a cynic. I don't believe people rationally choose their leaders. I hazard to guess most people look at the candidates, and usually choose who looks like the best leader, rather than to listen to anything what is said by the candidates. By best, I mean strongest. And by strongest, I mean people are generally choosing which of their primate candidates has pretty much the most turquoise bum, i.e., the most testosterone.
People choose their leaders by who beats their chest the loudest. And they're influenced by omens, too. Weather, favorite sports team, animals they see on their way to the polls. It's all rather ridiculous.
Perhaps, though, I'm just being cranky. But  cynically, I don't think I'm wrong.


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