Bonobo apes, close relatives of chimpanzees that dwell along the Congo River in Central Africa, are a notable exception to the idea that nature is inherently “red in tooth and claw.”
They are highly cooperative and generous to strangers.
The line between comedy and philosophy is thin, and Jerry Seinfeld understands human nature in a deep way. One of his insights has to do with “the human fascination with water.”
“We’re constantly going to beaches, pools, lakes, rivers,” he says. “We can’t get enough water unless it rains. And then we’re, ‘Oh, look, I’m soaked.'” For some reason we have a “huge problem with small flying water… I felt a drop. We’re going to get caught in it! Everybody cover your water bottles, run!”
‘The pursuit of Happiness’ is a famous phrase in a famous document, the United States Declaration of Independence (1776). But few know that its author was inspired by an ancient Greek philosopher, Epicurus.