Synergy is the underlying cause of collective violence, in nature and human societies alike. It is various forms of synergy that enable various animals collectively to achieve ends that would not otherwise be possible by acting alone.
Author Peter Corning
Although the debate about human nature has been unabated among social, economic and political theorists for 2,000 years, there is quietly emerging an empirically based science of human nature, And there is good news.
The social contract has become badly frayed over the past 30 years, as the gap between the rich and the poor has widened to Biblical proportions and an estimated one quarter of our population has sunk into more or less extreme poverty.