What you see below is a screenshot of a mortifying statistic: better than 92% of all homicides worldwide are committed by men.
The reason that statistic is so mortifying is not just that men commit the most homicides and murders worldwide, it’s that men rule the world. Now I’m a man and I’m making this post about the case for a matriarchy, worldwide. Do I have an interest in doing this? Absolutely. As a man dedicated to erring on the side of peace, I believe that matriarchy is worth a try, I’m even willing to submit to permanent matriarchy if that is what it takes to ensure the survival of our species for another 100,000 years.
The reason that men commit the vast majority of crimes including homicide should be reason enough alone to ban men from the highest offices of government. But there is another reason: Testosterone.
Scientists at Duke University compared skulls from 80,000, 38,000 and modern skulls of today and found evidence that around 50,000 years ago, the level of testosterone in humans suffered a serious decline. Maybe that’s because the most aggressive males had killed each other off, leaving the less aggressive males to procreate a kinder, gentler progeny.
This change in human physiology correlates well with a blossoming of culture and technology around the same time. From the article at Science Daily:
“The modern human behaviors of technological innovation, making art and rapid cultural exchange probably came at the same time that we developed a more cooperative temperament,” said lead author Robert Cieri, a biology graduate student at the University of Utah who began this work as a senior at Duke University.
Cooperative temperament? That is what we will need going forward as we’ve grown from the tiny villages of prehistory to 7 billion people living in a modern world. Cooperation is how technology and culture are made. Humans do not create great things in a vacuum. They work together and cooperate to get to their goals.
Technology is something that men seem obsessed with. I’m reminded of a great meme I saw not too long ago:
Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.
No doubt there are many great men who walk this earth in peace, erring on the side of peace as they walk. They often do great things, but before they got to that great thing, there was a woman behind him, rolling her eyes.
Though we men may aspire to greatness, we have testosterone. Higher levels of testosterone lends a tendency towards aggression. That tendency in a crowded world is a disability. Wars are started by men. They are ended by men, too, usually after enough of the most aggressive men have been killed off.
I have had the opportunity to read about and observe the behavior of women. A woman who is pregnant is gifted with a strong predisposition to cooperate, to find peace. A woman with small children finds that the gift grows and that she will need that gift when dealing with unreasonable breadwinners, aggressive males who see her children as a threat, and in working with her small children. A strong woman knows how to find safety for her children through cooperation.
Remember, small children are only thinking about getting their needs met. They will do whatever it takes to get their needs met. A mother who understands this makes better decisions about what to teach her children when her thinking is not clouded by testosterone.
This post is not to say that men should not participate in politics at all, but there needs to be a balance. Considering that men have heaped so much abuse upon women for all of history, perhaps the men in this world need to take a back seat to power and let the women drive. I’m thinking that women should have exclusive access to the highest offices of power worldwide for something like the next 50 years, maybe 100, just to set us on the right course to worldwide peace.
To solve the great problems of the day, from global warming to terrorism (something that men played a big part in), we’re going to need to cooperate. Women are masters at cooperation. Why not let them rule the world to see if we can finally advance to the next phase of our development? Perhaps women as leaders can teach the world that cooperation is the greatest survival skill of all.
Originally published at thedigitalfirehose.blogspot.com on September 21, 2015.