Fighting, Hunting, and Modern Men
Everyone wants to be who they are. At a basic level, everyone wants to express who they are as an individual, and contribute their gifts to the group.
For men with fighting, hunting energy, this can be problematic, both for themselves as individuals, and for society as a whole.
Men are wired to hunt and fight.
They’re hard-wired for aggression and violence, to different degrees.
Some men are perfectly content to farm. Many are not. Chance to go to war to get off the farm? Most aggressive will do it. Grant is a good example.
Deida quote on male essence.
Pete r quote about his father.
“He’s just not a farmer, Owen.”
“It is well that war is so terrible, or we would love it too much.”
Sebastian Junger on soldiers who don’t want to come back.
Society makes it difficult to do that.
They were necessary in the past, and even now they aren’t necessarily bad things, just need to be expressed in a positive way.
Agricultural society makes it difficult to do that. Industrial intensified that. Industrial society distorts us as people and a culture.
Post industrial made it even worse. Ex: Big Bang Theory.
Our society stifles positive expression of their inner nature. In other respects, it allows them to express instincts in negative way.
Big institutions don’t work for them. As institutions get bigger, they select for and cultivate good little boys who sit quietly and do what they’re told. Or, they play girl games they could never get away with on a sports team, in a combat unit, etc. They get the best paying jobs and the leadership slots.
Example: Mr. Incredible
This distorts relationships as well.
Schools discourage it, but women need it. crave strong masculine, not getting it. 50 shades, romance novels.
Good providers are now good little boys. Sexiest women who want to have children marry them. Leaves these women unsatisfied, because theyre naturally wired to respond to the most assertive men. They cheat, eventually get divorced, or lead lives of quiet desperation, filling the hole in their soul with food, booze, pills, etc. The men withdraw because they can’t handle a woman of that intensity, and bury themselves in video games, porn, booze, etc.
The success of 50 Shades of Gray is testimony to that, as is the 2.4 billion market for erotic romance books.
If this energy doesn’t find a positive outlet, it will find a negative one.
Isis: gives aggressive young men the chance to be who they are. Most don’t care about religious aspect.
Young men looking for a chance to be who they are. Not street vendors, holy warriors. Not that interested in Islam, but very interested in adventure and purpose. Negative masculine, but masculine nonetheless.
Bezos and gates are hunting centaurs
>How are our hunter-gatherer inclinations expressed in the modern world? One example is how men wired-up for Hunting often go into finance, a business where they can “make a killing.” The upper echelons of banking are packed with Hunting Centaurs—men whose personality type evolved on the East African savannah, in an environment where resources were scarce.
Today, men of this type behave just as their ancestors did, setting ingenious traps, stealthily stalking their “prey,” and sometimes stampeding it off a fiduciary cliff. They’re also relentless in their pursuit of “game,” which takes the form of profits and bonuses. Since their type evolved under conditions of scarcity, they’re driven to stockpile as much “meat” as they can, no matter how many billions are in their bank accounts.
This modern expression of prehistoric hunting impulses has been very destructive. We’ve tried to curb it with legislation, but that hasn’t worked. That’s because laws don’t address the heart of the problem: the powerful innate drive of some men to “hunt.” We can’t obviate millions of years of evolution with a few strokes of a legislative pen.
However destructive their behavior has been, the Hunting Centaurs of Wall Street are just looking for a way to express their inner natures. It follows, then, that when we tell top-rank financiers that they’re too rich, we are, in a sense, negating their identity. They resent this, of course, and try to circumvent or undermine any barriers placed in their plutocratic path.
Let’s give “problem people” a positive role.
To foster a more even distribution of wealth, we should change the assumption that the financiers who hoard it are bad people. They do bad things, to be sure, but while it might feel good to condemn them, that won’t make things better. What will is acknowledging their strong Hunting instinct, and seeing it as natural and useful.
When viewed in the light of evolution, wealth concentration isn’t about greed, it’s about need: the need of some men to express themselves in Hunting. So, let’s give them a chance to do it in positive ways. For example, we could give awards for socially-useful investment performance. In rewarding Hunting success like this, we’d be encouraging the “hunt” to continue in ways that benefit society as a whole.
By recognizing the natural impulses of billionaire bankers as valid and valuable, we can begin to change their role in the modern world from parasitic to productive. Just as channeling the Fighting energy of aggressive young men into sports keeps them out of street gangs, channeling the Hunting energy of acquisitive financiers into funding nonprofits might keep them from destabilizing society.
Hunting Centaurs are driven to succeed at what they do.
In the modern world, the natural instincts of a Hunting Centaur are usually expressed through commerce. They often go into finance, a business where they can “make a killing.” The upper echelons of banking are packed with Hunting Centaurs, men whose type evolved on the African savannah, in an environment where resources were scarce.
On Wall Street, Hunting Centaurs behave just as their ancestors did on the savannah, setting ingenious traps, stalking their “prey,” and sometimes stampeding it off a cliff. They’re tireless in their pursuit of “game,” which now takes the form of profits and bonuses. Since their general type evolved under conditions of scarcity, men of this type are driven to stockpile as much “meat” as they can, no matter how many billions are in their bank accounts.
In American culture, the corporate raider Gordon Gekko from the movie Wall Street is the archetypal Hunting Centaur. Amoral, acquisitive, and shrewd, he dismembered companies others depended upon so he could sell off their parts at a profit.
The modern expression of the Hunting Centaur’s ancient hunting impulses has been very destructive, but however harmful their behavior has been, the Hunting Centaurs of high finance aren’t trying to be evil, they’re just looking for a way to express their inner natures. Basically, their relentless drive to accumulate wealth isn’t so much about greed as it is about need: the need of some men to be successful on the “hunt.”
Since Hunting Centaurs are driven to succeed at what they do, strict limits should be imposed upon what they can do. For instance, finance should be changed from a speculative “hunting ground” into a regulated “farming-type” activity, so men of this type would be induced to employ their natural talents elsewhere, in work such as law enforcement. For Hunting Centaurs, tracking down malfeasance would be just as fun and fulfilling as high finance ever was, and we’d all benefit from their focus and cunning.
Real evolution incorporates what came before.
We can have both. We can express our inner natures and have the benefits of civilization. Also wired for generosity and fairness.
Ex: face painting in sports.