The default human orientation is total warfare, all the time, always. Every ounce of energy spent clawing forever towards the great prize: a pile of shiny rocks. Instinct tells you to slaughter any and all who may stand in your way.

You, as a weakling, are acutely aware of this. Your focus is not on breaking this cycle or elevating human relations above it. Your focus is not even on mere survival. You, because of your shortcomings, wish all the more to destroy your opponent. You want him to suffer. But how?

I heard the above when I dialed up that number the library runs that plays recorded stories for latchkey kids.

Chris Weagel

Chris Weagel writes about the intersection of technology and parenting for Wired Magazine. No he doesn't. He can't stand that shit.

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