Non-humans are predominantly peaceful beings despite media hype to the contrary
Human's long-time and rampant obsession with making war is well-known, as is some people's claims that because we are animals it's natural to behave in these violently destructive ways. John Horgan's recent book, The End of War, is a worthy read, in which it's made clear that war is a choice that some people make and is not part of who we (or other animals) are - it is not innate. Horgan argues, "I believe war will end for scientific reasons; I believe war will must end for moral reasons" (p. 19). Others agree with his general message.
Regardless of mounting scientific evidence that non-humans are predominantly cooperative, peaceful, and fair and on occasion display social justice (see also and), media hype portrays other animals as being far more violent and war-like than they really are. This includes a recent movie called "The Grey." Why is it that blood, rather than peace, sells?
I concluded an earlier essay as follows: "People who claim nonhuman
animals are inherently aggressive and warlike are wrong. So, when they use
information from animal studies to justify our own cruel, evil, and warlike
behavior, they're not paying attention to what we really know about the
of animals. Do animals fight with one another? Yes. Do they routinely engage
in cruel, warlike behavior? Not at all. Numerous species display wild
justice and carefully negotiate their social relationships so that fairness,
compassion, and empathy are quite common.