Humans should be like bonobos

Submitted by ub on Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:27

Human beings closest genetic cousins are said to be the apes. Some are capable of empathy but others resort to violent actions, destruction and ruthless killing.

Our social behavior can best be compared with two species of apes: chimpanzees and bonobos, which look like smaller, more upright chimps.

Despite their physical similarities, the two species behave very differently. Bonobos live in a relatively peaceful matriarchy; when conflicts do arise, instead of fighting they often use sexual activity to resolve them, defusing the aggression with friendly physical contact.

Bonobos are just like the hippies, which prefer to make love, not war. Chimp society, however, is a male-dominated hierarchy based on power.

The more gentle bonobos seldom kill, but chimps will hunt for meat and even kill members of rival groups.

In matriarchal bonobo society, females rule. Among the six bonobos living at Great Ape Trust, the undisputed dominant member is a female bonobo who lives a life of dignity with her children and grandchildren. She is regarded fondly by her human friends.

Wild Wives of Africa - Bonobo Love: via @YouTube