First, there are many on this site (probably all of you) much more intelligent and well spoken than I am so please try to understand the gist of what I am going to say/ask and maybe not the literal wording. I'm a history buff and have been since I was a little boy. My thirst for history and its lessons for us today was reignited and kick started into high gear when I lived in Germany for 3 years (Army) I have a question I would like others input on concerning well, the title of this thread. In 1914 when World War 1 started most of the European countries involved went to war extremely enthusiastically, i.e. cheering in the streets etc. The horrors of that war dampened that enthusiasm for most. I'm not going to say much about WW2 as it was basically a continuation of the first but it ties in to my topic. My question/thoughts are : Do humans have a built in desire for extinction ala lemmings. (I know that lemmings have a reason for their periodic mass suicides but am using the popular conception of them) What I mean is ....is there something in our make up that drives us to destructive impulses? It seems like every few generations we as a species become.... sick for want to a better word. Look at the rise of authoritarianism in the last 10 years or so. The far right has been making gains just about everywhere in the western world. The National Rally party in France, The National Democratic Party in Germany, Bolsonaros Alliance for Brazil, and yes the modern day Republican party here in the U.S. among many others. Is this our 1913? Are we living in the time before another great cataclysm of our own making? I see many parallels myself. If so, to what degree does Christianity figure into this? Most christian sects seem to have done away with what Jesus taught and instead lean heavily towards the angry destructive god of the old testament. Does the belief/conviction that we are doomed to face a apocalyptic end feed into our baser instincts? Does the belief that there's a "heaven" and the chosen ones will reside with god in perfect happiness drive people towards consciously or unconsciously seeking that end for us all? I admit totally that most of my history readings have been western-centric and mostly from the Roman Empire until the end of the Cold war. This .... drive for the apocalypse, for want of a better way of saying it, seems to me to maybe not be the MAIN driver of our destructive nature but in a world of atomic missiles it might just be enough. Please excuse my disjointed way of saying my thoughts and try to figure out what my main concerns are.