When you read Jane Goodall and other talking about Chimapanzees waging war on each other, it is hard to not connect their behavior with similar human actions in war. Chimapanzees kill children of their eneies with glee, they celebrate bloodshed, they take and kill prisoners.
Chimps and apes do this to continue their blood line. You are attributing human emotions onto animals.
I actually not only have read Jane Goodall, but have met her in person and have heard her speak. They appear human like in many ways - but the killing is instinctive to promote their bloodline. You attribute a glee look of an animal perhaps their screaming sounding like they are celebrating - but they are not human and you cannot give human attributes to animals.
Even Jane Goodall states that this is evolutionarily and adaptive not cruelty. There is also speculation that these "wars" are a result of limited forests - due to man destroying their natural habit - that they fight to survive due to limited resources - this is for their natural survival not to be cruel.
The narrative is that humans are evil...
...but animals aren't evil when they behave in the same way.
How is this different than in humans?
Chimpanzees and humans are closely related genetically. We have much of the same evolutionary history (the same evolutionary ancestors) and share much of the same genes. You say that warlike agression in Chimapanzees is instinctive and adaptive and based over scarce resources.
But the aggression, anger, brutality and revenge shown by these chimpanzees in a time of war makes perfect sense for a creature that is a close genetic relative to human beings.
I am not "attributing human traits to animal". I am attributing animal traits to humans.
You have it backwards, Linkat. I am not "attributing human traits to animal". I am attributing animal traits to humans.
Humans are animals and we are subject to the same evolutionary instincts as any other animals. Many animals show agression, sacrifice to protect their young, have a sex drive, I don't see how these traits common to many animals would be any different. The "joy of the hunt" has to do with adrenaline and brain chemicals, the brain circuits to enjoy killing developed in cats, and whales and wolves is innate. Why wouldn't it be the same in humans.
Humans have this additional capacity. That doesn't change the fact that humans are primates with the same basic instincts that we evolved along with our primate cousins.
When I feel threatened, my brain floods with neurochemicals designed to get me ready for a flight or fight response. My cognitive function shuts down, my emotions and anger rise (this allows me to make quick decisions in a high risk situation which has had evolutionary advantage). This is a well known and well studied reaction that is not uniquely human although many decent and educated human beings experience rage. The brain chemstry is the same in humans as it is in other high order animals.
It is well know that decent humans, when faced with danger, can revert to animal behavior that is often quite brutal. The instinct to expand our territory and defend our group and eliminate threats that champanzees and wolves and bears show are also present in humans.
I don't accept that "moral responsibility" is a human trait...
The ability to think symbolically in order to create societies and construct systems of morality seems to be a uniquely human trait.