But I have recently become intrigued with something even deeper. It may well turn out that when it comes to a sense of morality, we also lag behind not just some species, but just about every other animal on the planet. I am referring to just how dangerous we are as a species, not just to every other animal, but also to ourselves. Every other animal seems to know limits when it comes to violence, only we don't. Torture, genocide, slavery, child abuse, and especially all-out warfare, these seem to mark our species when other animals know nothing of it. This is something humans have always known, but kept out of deliberate awareness. I believe the time has come to attempt both an explanation and a re-appraisal. There is no shame in recognizing how unmoored we have become from a more natural order IF we are prepared to take steps to recover something we seem to have lost along the way. For I believe, as do many anthropologists of war, that we have not always been a species obsessed with violence. If this is true, then there is some hope, however dim, that we can recover what we lost. The effort, in any event, is the most important thing we can do as a species at the present time.