ok lets see if i got this straight. the bonobo and the chimps are our two closest relatives, sharing something like 99.7% the same genes. there are relatively few differences between the bonobo and chimps other than social activities. this is also true with humans and the two close relatives. social activities have changed the three groups morphologically but only in minor ways and our genes are consistant. we are virtually the same. its said if u give a human a box, he will pack some goods and sell it to someone else with it. if u give the chimp the box, he will use it as a tool of somesort. if u give it to a bonobo, he will grab the nearest bonobo and have sex inside of it. the bonobo live in a lush tropical paradise where everything is provided by 'god'. food, shelter, weather. there are virtually no preditors because they travel in such large, tight groups that they are very strong. the same goes for chimps and humans. but the bonobos have one special trait that genetics has seemed to missed, they dont have 'war'. its highly documented that chimps do indeed go to war, tribe vs tribe to increase territory or women or ?. the humans, as we all know, are quite fond of war. hard to find a single day where some human isnt at war with other. and our basic economy is built on the 'industrial war machine' that eisenhower talked about. war is in our very blood. but this is not so in the bonobo. why? i believe that the theory behind the garden of eden is two fold. the actual garden is the hanging gardens of babylon. this is the historical basis for the legend of garden. but the reason this story resigns in humans so deeply is because there is apart of us that longs for that 'bonobo-ness' in our genes. where we dont really wanna make war but love. we talk of this, we write of it in poetry and song. its there in the heart of humans, beating out an ever longing of wanting that 'garden of eden', where we are not ashamed of sex and love and life. but religion takes that away by calling the desire for knoledge, sinful. i believe religion is the chimp part of us, always hating the ideal of freedom and love, but wanting war and rules. but where is the bonobo? i think one can find the 'bonobo-ness' of our history in the teachings of the dalai lama when he talks about compassion and empathy. or even when Jesus says love thyn enemy. or many other teachers and societies where peace, love and joy are more important than war and hating. this is few and far between in human history but every once in a while the bonobo in us comes out. religion hates this story. religion tries to shove this so deepy down that they create a hell as the ultimate punishment, going to a bad place FOREVER. religion hates gays, jews, incas, thought apartheid s. africa was on the side of god, allowed hitler to do his deeds. its time to take back our history and history and remember that we can also love. we dont need to war. war never works whilst peace always works. the bonobos have it right, they ARE in the garden of eden. the story of humans starts there and we need to return.