There’s a video clip I recorded using the Chinese mystical art of holding a camera to the television. It’s my first time so I did a lousy job but the content is watchable. It displays a bunch of Japanese macaques appearing to be all peaceful and cute until they’re not.
The difference between them and humans is that we now live in a time where we don’t have to use physical aggression to get our message across. We don’t even need to speak to each other. We can simply communicate by not doing anything. If we don’t want someone to join our party we just don’t invite them. If we don’t feel invited then we just don’t go.
As a mostly civilized society with many options we hardly ever engage in direct physical aggressiveness for anything . It hardly ever has to get to that point. But what if water, heat and resources were to become scarce? Most of us would become monkeys.
The equivalent situation to the pool of Japanese monkeys in western society is not being able to get into the coolest night club or fancy restaurant. I guess primates act crazy for things of scarcity.
I find it amazing how all social creatures who thrive in groups will have members who will cooperate even if they get the extreme short end of the stick. They’re willing to accept to be the last ones to eat or to be left out in the cold. It’s like their duty to serve the alpha for the greater good of the dominant specie. It’s like nature’s programming for them. It’s the same for humans. The aggressive ones more often than not will be the ones to achieve success while the passive, easy going ones usually get what’s left over. In human society the aggressor doesn’t have to ever get physical or even verbal like a monkey to achieve success in the classic sense. Most people aren’t willing to fight for success that hard. They’re willing even if it’s reluctantly, to quit and let someone else take the gold. Hard work, ego and selfishness will get you to the top. If you’re missing one of those traits you’ll likely be a bottom feeder. Even in the game of Texas Holdem Poker, the best players are the aggressive ones. The universe does not seem to favour the meek.