The history of mankind is filled with bloodshed


After having had Jared Diamond’s Guns, germs and steel in my to read list for over a year, I have eventually got to reading it.

As the title of the post suggest, this is what happened in Nz not so long ago. Diamond writes

[..]before the Moriori could deliver that offer, the Maori attacked end masse. Over the next few days, they killed hundreds of Moriori, cooked and ate many of the bodies, and enslaved all the others, killing most of them too over the next few years as it suited their whim.

A Maori conqueror explained,“we took possession…in accordance with our customs and we caught all the people.  Not one escaped.  Some ran away from us, these we killed,  and others we killed -but what of that? It was in accordance with our custom.”

And that, my friends, is only a glimpse of how history has played out in  some places.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

26 thoughts on “The history of mankind is filled with bloodshed

  1. atheistsmeow says:

    Humanity & civilization doesn’t run very deep, & we’re still such a murderous lot.

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  2. melouisef says:

    Cruelty seems to be part of the human DNA 😩

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  3. That’s interesting Mak. When the Brits colonised Aus they managed to eradicate all the aboriginals in Tasmania but they were met with far more resistance by the Maori in NZ, which led to them agreeing to the Treaty of Waitangi. We’ve had some good Maori pals in the past. Nice, generous-spirited people. Good thing I hadn’t read that book.

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  4. NeuroNotes says:

    For a minute there, I thought I was reading excerpts from the Bible. I am reminded of an article, Peace Among Primates , by Dr. Robert Sapolsky, which I have mentioned here in the past.

    He states that throughout history, militaries have unconsciously emulated the murderous border patrols of closely related male chimps, forming small, stable units; inculcating them with rituals of pseudokinship; thereby producing efficient, cooperative killing machines.

    Furthermore, he states that humans are hard-wired for xenophobia, to get edgy around the “Other”, but our views on who falls into that category are decidedly malleable. This behavior appears to be predominant in highly stratified cultures. Humans simply aren’t that much different than other primate species with rigid hierarchies. Those at the top seize a disproportionate share of the spoils, enforcing this inequity with ferocious aggression.

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  5. I think Victoria touched on the pertinent issue here. Like all mammalian species, Homo sapiens exhibit a wide range of behavior. Those individuals who are most aggressive, most cunning, and most emotionally cold-blooded are most likely to seek positions of leadership.

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  6. Ron says:

    I confess that I’ve killed thousands (perhaps even tens of thousands) of mosquitoes. But those nasty little bloodsuckers attacked me without provocation, so I feel little remorse for the blood on my hands.

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  7. Yes, this is part of our history. Yes, that is something that happened and yes, at the time it was literally fight or die. What you didn’t post is that our waka (or canoe) had been sailing the pacific for what could have been years. Can you imagine finding land after years? There were people on it, and what happened to them is unspeakable. But you are seeing it from a modern perspective and not from survival. And as for the British Colonizing NZ, well, they found it near on impossible and continue to find it difficult because we as a race have warrior, navigator, political, strategic blood. Anyway, that’s my take on it.

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    • makagutu says:

      Good friend, I think all I have done is to record what I read and add a comment that our history is filled with bloodshed. I have not made a judgement on the reason for the bloodshed.

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