I think it was Konrad Lorenz, the Nobel winning natural scientist, who told of a team of animal behaviorists observing baboons in the South African savannah when a much smaller monkey was spied by a much larger baboon.
The vervet turned and scampered back toward the forest cover, the baboon in hot pursuit. After only a hundred yards or so the small monkey slowed down but continued his retreat. At about the same point, the baboon slowed, then stopped.
He’d run into a scent post, indicating the vervet was now on his own territory, and not, as we call it in the city, the “common area”. This was the vervet’s neighborhood, not downtown, not the mall.
Invisibly the rules of engagement just changed, all according to certain unbendable laws of Nature. And indeed the baboon, still five times the size of his prey, called off his attack altogether and turned and ambled back into the more familiar common ground, as if was the bodega at the corner of 145th and Douglas Avenue, where he spent his time with his mates, looking for a mark to walk by.
This phenomenon in animal behavior was first noted in the 1940s or 50s, and Robert Ardrey, a natural history writer of the 1960s, wrote about it in 1966,”The Territorial Imperative”. (I recommend this book.)
“Territory” is an instinct in animals. Everyone accepts that. You see dogs and cats mark their territory all the time. But Ardrey (persuasively) argued that it is also an instinct in Man, and this made him a target of the Marxist Left. You see, Marxists have to believe that every human impulse can be conditioned out of Man, or Marxism won’t work. Trying to prove this, the Soviet Union took 75 years and millions of deaths before it would throw up its hands and collapse.
Since the 1930s Marxists have been campaigning in universities to drive out scientists who believe this, or that Darwin’s Theory is in fact, just a theory. Today, they do the same thing with climate science[…]
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