The Genesis of War: War is the natural state and heritage of evolving man; peace is the social yardstick measuring civilization’s advancement. Before the partial socialization of the advancing races, man was exceedingly individualistic, extremely suspicious and unbelievably quarrelsome. War is an animalistic reaction to misunderstandings and irritations; peace attends upon the civilized solution of all such problems and difficulties. Among the early causes of war were 1. Hunger, which led to food raids. 2. Woman scarcity-an attempt to relieve a shortage of domestic help. 3. Vanity-superior groups would dominate inferior groups. 4. Slaves. 5. Revenge if a tribe believed another tribe caused the death of one of their own. 6. Recreation-men just like fighting. 7. Religion-the worst cause of all.
In later times duels were substituted for wars or, as in David and Goliath, one fighter was chosen from each tribe. Progression was represented by the practice of declaring war. This was followed by the gradual development of the rules of civilized warfare. (Terrorists wage war in an asymmetrical manner, which is difficult for traditional armies, or was at one time. Next came the custom to stop fighting on Holy Days, which even the Jihad types do. The constant necessity for national defense benefits society with a long list of useful innovations. Dance, for example, was an early form of military drill. It’s social values included the following: 1. It imposed discipline and imposed cooperation. 2. Put a premium on fortitude and courage. 3. Fostered and solidified nationalism. 4. Destroyed weak and unfit people. 5. Dissolved the illusion of primitive and selectively stratified society. In our own time, DARPA, the research unit of the Army, developed the internet for military use, and now it has become a monster that no one can control.
Government: The first real governmental body was the council of the elders. This was composed of old men or women who had distinguished themselves in some way. Wisdom and experience were appreciated even by primitive man, who shows himself to be smarter than modern man. This oligarchy of age grew into patriarchy. This council could perform the three functions of government: executive (it enforced its decrees), legislative ( establishing new modes of social usage) and judicial (interpreting the current mores). In Africa today, all these forms of primitive government are in actual existence among the various tribes.