Once we have understood that the nature of all living things is to compete, we must realize that all attempts to eliminate such competition in human societies will fail, because such attempts run counter to the basic nature of life itself. The best thing possible, therefore, is to civilize this competitive instinct, so that society as a whole benefits from it.

In order to see how competition can be civilized, we need to examine the various spheres in which humans compete. Humans, like all animals, compete for sex, resources and survival. All three forms of competition are inter-linked: We must survive, gather resources and reproduce in order to pass our genes.

Competing for survival:

Initiation/ escalation of force are considered acts of uncivilized competition for survival. Preparing for and acting in self-defense are considered acts of civilized competition for survival.

When a significant percentage of actors in a particular society engage in initiation of force, the nature of that society changes and becomes more violent. On the other hand, when a significant percentage of actors in a particular society are ready to act in self-defense, that society becomes more peaceful over time.

A neutral actor (an invalid who is not capable of initiation of force or self-defense) will benefit from living in a peaceful society, even though that actor is incapable of exercising self-defense.

Competing for resources:

Theft and fraud are considered acts of uncivilized competition for gathering resources. Trade and production are considered acts of civilized competition for gathering resources.

When a significant percentage of actors in a particular society engage in theft (violation of property rights) or fraud (violation of contract law) to gather resources, that society becomes less prosperous as levels of trust reduce. On the other hand, when a significant percentage of actors in a particular society engage in trade and production to gather resources, that society becomes more prosperous as levels of trust increase.

A neutral actor (a beggar) would benefit from living in a high-trust, prosperous society because such societies are more charitable.

Competing for sex:

Rape and cuckolding are considered uncivilized acts of sexual competition. Attracting higher quality mates for monogamous marriage through self-improvement is an act of civilized competition.

Consider a society in which the institution of marriage is not respected and all members of this society are left to reproduce naturally. Such a society will be barbaric with high levels of violence and low levels of trust. On the other hand, a society which respects the institution of marriage will be more peaceful.

Neutral actors (children) will benefit immensely from being born in a civilized society.

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Once we have understood that the nature of all living things is to compete, we must realize that all attempts to eliminate such competition in human societies will fail, because such attempts run counter to the basic nature of life itself. The best thing possible, therefore, is to civilize this competitive instinct, so that society as a whole benefits from it.

Who has attempted to “eliminate such competition”? You are not really stating anything in that paragraph that has any meaning. Your first link on the nature of life states that many philosophers are obsessed about defining the purpose of life but you are more interested in defining life.

I would even dispute the assertion that Aristotle said life was just anything that could reproduce. You seem to have overlooked his idea on Hylomorphism where the soul is part of matter and form.

When a significant percentage of actors in a particular society engage in initiation of force, the nature of that society changes and becomes more violent. On the other hand, when a significant percentage of actors in a particular society are ready to act in self-defense, that society becomes more peaceful over time.

Yes, when more people are violent, society is more violent. Maybe I am not quite reading you correctly with the rest of it so I won’t comment any further.

Consider a society in which the institution of marriage is not respected and all members of this society are left to reproduce naturally

Please give an example of a society that this sweeping statement applies to. You are sounding very catholic when attempted to imply that without the institution of marriage a society descends into violence. Your attempt at correlating peaceful societies with the institution of marriage is just plain nonsense.

"Yes, when more people are violent, society is more violent. Maybe I am not quite reading you correctly with the rest of it so I won’t comment any further."

The difference between initiation of force and self-defense is what I am making here.

"Please give an example of a society that this sweeping statement applies to. You are sounding very catholic when attempted to imply that without the institution of marriage a society descends into violence. Your attempt at correlating peaceful societies with the institution of marriage is just plain nonsense."

Marriage is the foundation of civilization. You can read my post here. You can compare it to barbaric societies. Feel free to go through all my posts in my blog and leave your comments there if you'd like.

Your initial premise about SUIM may be worthy of discussion. However you are talking about monogamy. You continue to do so for most of the article and then assert in bold lettering that “marriage is the foundation of civilization”. That is not a reasonable claim to make based on the preceding arguments you made. You then say you have proved your argument to the point that is it “absolutely true”. I am left to deduce that you already hold this “adage” to be true because of a religious belief. It reeks of Christian apologetics.

Anyway I have never been married but have had several happy monogamous relationships. It all peaceful and civilized here even when it gets hedonistic.

Have you had children? 

The civilized or uncivilized nature of a society is determined by how well or poorly the next generation is raised. 

Yet again you have not addressed my arguments.

Imagine a video game like this:

You are a king, you have a bunch of tribals under you mating as they choose to. 

There is a threat of continuous attacks that may happen on a frequent basis for many continuous years (say one attack every 20 years that can potentially wipe off your whole tribe.) How would you organize your tribe for the most likely chance of survival?

My basic argument about you having children or not is this - the decision should be made from a inter-generational transfer of values point of view.

People who do not engage in the inter-generational transfer of values are irrelevant. You can sleep with whoever you want, gays can do whatever they want. Marriage norms were created for family formation and child rearing. Other factors are irrelevant.

Think of this as a video game:

Assume that you are the king. Your goal is to build a civilization. You have as a raw material a bunch of tribals. What will you do?

"A piece of paper is good for making airplanes :)" - so if a husband leaves a wife and her family, the wife should just accept that as a breakdown of trust? She should not file for any alimony claims etc?

"Tribals are material? I assume you are refering to human beings." - It's a video game :)

"Your question's motive is murky." - I am presenting a very realistic scenario of our past, when there were significant threats to survival

"A king that is put in place as king by a group of people must already be living IN civilization." - Kings dont get put in place by others; they take the throne themselves. All civilizations had to originate at some time. I am talking about that origin.

"our past, when there were significant threats to survival ..."  - there still are, in case you hadn't noticed. 

So in the modern world, what would you recommend - mandated child support as a replacement for marriage? 

Is that really a better alternative? I can think of multiple ways that system can fail.

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