“Evolutionary history is rife with narratives of carnage, bloody struggle and rivalry. From this vantage point the world is a theater of unceasing contention and merciless clash. In evolution, dog eats dog without intermittence or reprieve. ‘The survival of the fittest’ and ‘the struggle for existence’ are its common, widely known slogans. But when biology is rewritten (for I have little doubt that biology, like every other record of human endeavor, one day will be largely rewritten), a place must be accorded to harmony and solidarity. Not all that happens is owed to ceaseless belligerence: Nature is also indebted to cooperation and peaceful agreement.”

~ F. Gonzalez-Crussi, On Being Born and Other Difficulties


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