Robert Sapolsky on how hierarchy has a destructive force in body and psyche in individuals and community.
He is talking about baboons, the ones he’s observed for decades along with the effects of stress upon health and behaviour.
His observation also applies just as much to the beast that is us.
And the culture of domination and fuck-you-buddy-ism that we have builded for ourselves, for each other and for our children.
He also shows us how, by dint of unfortunate circumstances he was able to observe how such a society can transform completely – when alpha and dominant males were wiped out by infected meat. New males who joined the troop were introduced and assimilated to different more cooperative ways that turned out to bring interesting health outcomes for all the troop …
So, anyone got a big pile o’ meat?