I’ve recently discovered that the best way to understand people is by studying animals. It sounds crazy, but try binging on David Attenborough documentaries for a week and tell me that those chimps don’t remind you of anyone! People defend their territory. They impress their mates. They posture for dominance. For god’s sake, we are just primates in pants, and I think it behooves us as a species to remember.
Animals play for a reason, and so do we. Young lions rough and tumble like boys on a football field, and the female cubs hone their slow-honey slinking stalk like teenage runway models mastering the catwalk. In lions, their play is where the skills that will mean the difference between life and death are learned. If that’s the case, shouldn’t us humans allow ourself the same evolutionary edge?