Conor, in the Clearwater backcountry, July, 2018
Frans de Waal, the empathy pioneer who studies mostly animal empathy, posts interesting animal behavior from time to time on his FB page. I thought this particular video captured better than anything the pointlessness of arguing with a true, egocentric Authoritarian.
As I’ve noted in the past, different v-Memes are equipped with different conflict resolution modes. Authoritarians, with chronic dichotomous thinking, always boil everything down to three modes — I win, you lose/You win, I lose/We both fall away exhausted.
Thanks for the fish teaching us this important v-Meme lesson!