I’ve been pondering lately the concept of brutalism, of natural law, of “might makes right.” This is instinct in the animal kingdom, though, right? I guess what separates the human animals from the nonhuman animals is motivation, i.e. winning. I don’t think that a lion kills a gazelle and celebrates a victory. At the same time, if a scientist working solo were to kill the COVID-19 virus, eradicating it from the face of the Earth, that scientist would win some sort of prize, correct? Like an ultimate prize. Like the Nobel prize.
Yet, the scientist wouldn’t be made a king by virtue of whom or what they’ve killed, even if given full societal credit himself. That isn’t our human-animal reward system. Right?