The Biology of Hate
How can a hand flapping Autistic rocking in his chair be considered such a threat? The truth is that people fear those that are different. The question that I ask is why? The standard view is that our culture promotes this attitude. But this kind of behaviour has been persistent throughout most cultures across the entire span of history. All wars have a undertone of hatred in them. We villianize our opponents. So that leaves the question why. Why do we hate? What is the purpose of such a destructive emotion? My theory is that hatred of "them" is a trait that we evolved to survive.
In order to explain this we go back to prehistory and the days when our species first appeared on the earth. We have all seen that famous image of the ape evolving into a man. This would lead you to believe that this was a linear progression where only on species existed at one time. This is in fact many of these species co-existed for a time. Australopithecus and Homo Erectus co-existed for a time. As well as Neanderthal and our species. I believe that the may be more hominid species our there waiting to be found that co-existed with us in our beginnings. Many mythological races like elves, fairies or giants seem the point to a time when we encountered other hominids of different shapes and sizes. If this is the case it make a sharp contrast to modern day where only one species exists, ours.
It is my theory that our species has evolved with a hatred of other hominids and preemptively attacked and eradicated and persecuted all the other hominid species. No doubt different species would have come into conflict a lot as most existed on the same food supply. But our species is the only one that attacked without good reason. This gave them a evolutionary edge. Our species got complete access to resources by eliminating all there competition. It has also been theorized that our species is the first that could predict events over long periods of time(For example predicting the movement of herds over the seasons). If that was the case and lesser homids would not have stood much of a chance in a conflict against homo sapiens. Eventually there was only one left.
But after we won the crown of earth we kept fighting. Anyone who was different would be attacked. This occurred in the form of wars and racism. And new and more subtle methods of persecution where invented like slavery. However as a species we are not able to stomach genocide directly. So we invented social constructs like government, and religion to provide rationalizations for our actions.
The one that has harmed Autistics probably the most was Christianity. I do believe that many aspies might have been tried for witchcraft. Autistic might have also been thought to be possessed by demons (this belief still exists today).
So, that is my theory. But let go back to the point when we eradicated all other hominids and we turn our hate toward our own kind. Well the irony is, that we seem now to be close to victory in that conflict too. As technology increases, it becomes easier and more efficient to kill one another. Now we live with the the threat of nuclear bombs. 600,000 swords of Damocles hanging over our heads, all of them on one thread. And we have the business world recklessly endangering the environment we live in in there own weird variation of aggression.
Now from all this it seems that I am portraying the human race as hateful monsters. That is not so. Hate is only just a part of the human experience. But it is beginning to destroy us. We need to keep it under control.