Look in a mirror.  What do you see?  A human?

Self-confident, we tell ourselves that we are a gifted species that can see further than any other.  And, because of big brains, we are probably right.  But smart as we are, we have a lot to learn. 

John R. Skoyles and Dorion Sagan,  Up from Dragons
Many behavioral differences exist between chimps and humans, just as between chimps and gorillas or between gibbons and orangutans.  But we are struck by how much the core of chimpanzee social life in the wild resembles some forms of human social organization, especially under great stress—in prisons, say, or urban and motorcycle gangs. or crime syndicates, or tyrannies and absolute monarchies.  Niccolò Machiavelli, chronicling the maneuvering necessary to get ahead in the seamy politics of Renaissance Italy—and shocking his contemporaries, especially when he was honest—might have felt more or less at home in chimpanzee society.  So might many dictators, whether they style themselves of the right or left persuasion.  So might many followers.  Beneath a thin varnish of civilization, it sometimes seems, there's a chimp struggling to bust out—to take off the absurd clothes and restraining social conventions and let loose.  But this is not the whole story.

Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan,  Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Even monkeys play at politics, so we can be certain that as long as there have been people there have been politicians.

Tim Flannery,  Here on Earth


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