The Age Of Reason
Science has not yet figured out as to when and how humans broke away from primates. Why apes remain in their undeveloped state while humans progress is a case to be reasoned out.
We reason and use common sense when arguing a case in a court of law, on the floor of Congress, House of Commons or Parliament. Reasoning out the most beneficial to all truth can be hard. Altruism and selfish interests battle for supremacy. The private business sentiment seeks to win over anything that might benefit others. Reasonable thinking is never parochial. Liberals and conservatives often play the moral and altruistic card from which the word hypocrisy evolved.
A stronger argument affect our reason, and being reasonable people that we are it would be quite silly to oppose a more viable and reasonably stronger argument, especially when it has already appealed to the greater body of reasonable people.
A stubborn individual loses respect if he or she would not successfully reason out any disagreement. Usually individuals oppose something they prize and in many ways are emotionally attached to. When humans are unreasonably attached to something they strongly believe in, and do not use even the common sense, then they are closer related to apes, which when being upset lash out at other apes.
Animals are extremely territorial and that’s their emotional attachment, and yes they do “believe” in territory, which they must defend. When competition encroaches on their ‘rights’ war breaks out, babies are ripped out of mothers’ arms and consumed. The beaten opponent is also ripped into shreds and eaten. Cannibalism amongst apes is quite common.
Cats mark their territory and any intruder is often fiercely reprimanded.
When humans behave the same way as animals do—by repeating the same emotion over and over again and never depart from those instinctive reactions—then they have not evolved yet, nor are they willing to evolve and progress; they seem stuck in an emotion.
Pride is something natural and there is no moral code to live by for animals; hence, they are exempt from being taught and from learning. What separates us from them is the rational power of choice, which often is rooted in reason rather than an emotion.