People may choose to ignore their animal heritage by interpreting their behavior as divinely inspired, socially purposeful, or even self-serving, all of which they attribute to being human, but they masticate, fornicate, and procreate, much as chimps and apes do, so they should have little cause to get upset if they learn that they act like other primates when they politically agitate, debate, abdicate, placate, and administrate, too.
Although humans and baboons may fight among themselves, dominate others, and keep harems, only humans have the ability to give pious excuses for what they do.
Paranoia is naturally common among all kinds of rulers, especially tyrants and visionaries.
Arnold M. Ludwig: King of the Mountain: The Nature of Political Leadership.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
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