i adhere to the statement by ***.k. chesterton :" if you look at something 999 times, at the 1000'th time you may see something entirely different". that goes for life itself.
no human life is without struggle and desire. the question is which struggles and desires, and when in history do they appear. the contrieved wars mentioned here are a worthy goal, inasmuch that the ethical thing to do is to expose their causes and denounce their leaders.
as for mammoths, sabertooths, etc: i am quite certain, that should members of this forum discover a colony of sabertooths anywhere, they would seek to ensure their survival rather than ritually hunting them. why? because they are rare. their ancestors have lost the battle against humanity, and humanity can afford to be generous.
if anything, the day and age we live in has a much better chance to allow some degree of heroism to all who desire it, if we remember that heroism is largely knowing why and when to go into battle.
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Edited by daniel, 10 June 2011 - 10:50 PM.