There’s a scene in the movie Jurassic Park where they leave a tied up goat in the tyrannosaurus rex paddock so park visitors can watch him eat it. Well, all hell breaks loose and when the terrified visitors see the goat baaing and still tied up after T-Rex is loose, they wonder why he’s not been chomped. Sam Neill’s character says…. “T. Rex doesn’t want to be fed. He wants to hunt. Can’t just suppress 65 million years of gut instinct”.
Humans, just like T-Rex, are carnivorous hunters. Millions of years of evolution have shaped our psyche. Humans have to hunt (provide for themselves and their family) to be happy. Unfortunately, today so many people and government deny that stark reality. People don’t want to be fed like livestock. They want to fight for a living. A human is not truly happy being “civilized”, when all his basic needs are met by somebody or something else. There is a deeper self, a primitive savage, in all of us fighting to be freed from civilization’s restraints.
Sigmund Freud wrote Civilization and Its Discontents in 1930. He said: “It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct”. People should recognize this because public policy decisions and debates about free everything and dumb ideas like “Basic Income” are at best failures and at worst the cause of misery and unhappiness for millions of people. Your estate planning war chest is viscerally satisfying because it solidifies self-reliance. All life forms evolved to take care of themselves, not so others in their species could provide for them. T-Rex wants to hunt and humans want to hunt…. and fight; more on moral warfare next week.