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.
A Comprehensive Model of Human Identity
Who am I? How am I different? Where do I fit? These are questions that concern us at the most basic level of our being.
Over the past several decades, we've made great progress in answering them. We know that our inner selves and shared cultures evolve in a series of stages. We've learned much about how our bodies affect our minds, and vice-versa. We've even discerned the outlines of how we differ in our social "wiring."
Now it's time we brought these domains of knowledge together to create a comprehensive model of human identity.
It's useful to think in terms of quadrants.
In his 1995 book Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, the philosopher Ken Wilber introduced a new conceptual map of the cosmos. It points out the Individual/Collective and Interior/Exterior poles of existence, then locates