Posted on June 17, 2018 by Nathan Chapter 2: What Were They Thinking? Digression: Government from the Paleolithic to Philadelphia Page 51: Cooperation and Trust Groups of prehistoric people going about their day. SIS (narrating) Ours is an inherently — and intensely — social species. Wolves and chimps. WOLF 1 Yeah, but… WOLF 2 …so are we! CHIMP 1 You homo sapiens are the only species that ever invented government. CHIMP 2 How come? File of chimps walking along. SIS (narrating) Perhaps it all comes down to teamwork. Even our closest cousins, the chimpanzees, can’t truly function as a team. Sure, they’re hunt and forage together, in groups of 30 or 50, but they do so as 30 or so individuals. Any collaboration is a self-interested reaction to what they see others doing. It’s never out of any desire to help. Humans working together to fight off a sabre-toothed cat with stones and spears. SIS (narrating) Humans are different: COOPERATION is our survival skill. It’s in our DNA! We’re hardwired to be helpful. Even without government, even as young children, even without being told or asked, humans instinctively want to work with others. We care how others feel, what they need, what we can do for them. We’re so strongly motivated to cooperate, we’ll pitch in an invite others to join us, just for the sake of doing it together. The same humans, now roasting and eating the saber-tooth cat’s meat, with its pelt hanging behind. SIS (narrating) As members of a team, we thrive! PEOPLE Team! Team! Team! Lone man in the snow being followed by wolves. SIS (narrating) Alone, on the other hand… WOLF Social life is life, wouldn’t you say? People relying on each other. SIS (narrating) True cooperation is impossible without a few prerequisites. One of the big ones is TRUST FRUIT PICKERS I can rely on them! FIGHTING MEN He’s got my back! FORAGING WOMAN They’ll watch my kids! OLDER WOMEN She’ll share what she finds! Average Joe and Sis. JOE And this is relevant to what the Framers thought about government… …how? SIS Well… You could say the changes and challenges of government throughout history all boil down to people asking “who can I trust?”… …Or you could, y’know, trust me and let me get on with it! Transcript . This is only half of the page that I intended to put up. But I was traveling all week, and didn’t have a chance to finish it. Rather than make you wait for the rest, here’s this bit at least!