A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR
– AND HOW TO BECOME AN ENLIGHTENED GLOBAL CITIZEN
BY JOHN PREECE
Copyright (c) John Preece 2013
First published in electronic format in 2013 through Smashwords.
The moral right of John Preece to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
All meta analysis involves reference to a wide range of source material, and my debt in this regard is gratefully acknowledged in the form of a comprehensive bibliography. Especial thanks are due to Desmond Morris, author of “The Naked Ape” and many other seminal books, for his expert guidance in the compilation of this text.
A great many books have been published on the subject of citizenship, but almost all have so far confined themselves to a scrutiny of the rights and responsibilities of living within the enclave of a specified nation state and of conforming with its values and culture. But globalisation has created a new dimension in the way peoples of the world need to relate to each other. Whilst it has been relatively easy to categorise the rights all humans have in common, it has proved more difficult to define the responsibilities of global citizenship, particularly when these conflict with narrower partisan and doctrinal interests. The clash of competing cultures can only be overcome by informed compromise based on historical knowledge. All social progress involves a reappraisal of past failures and a rationalisation of the way in which these can be put right. For this reason, legacy precepts and practises have to be relinquished if their practical utility has expired.