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The ability to record history and therefore to seek retribution is tantamount to the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. A singularly powerful tool that elevates man above animal, convinces him that he should collect his debts and denies him the pleasure to forgive and forget.

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@2114729

Killing for sport is not the same as killing for revenge.
holding a grudge for generations against
a tribe or a nation based on recorded history
is not the same a killing a mouse for sport of practice.

@2114283

I am sure that happens...
but do generations of of one animal family
take track of the transgressions
committed years ago
and attempt to exact revenge
on the grandchildren
of the offenders
even years or generations later?

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@2114323

But do their children take revenge on the children of their "enemies"?

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@2115121

Agreed
I know of no animals
that keep written records
for the purpose
of collecting debts

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@2115224

Yes
Possible, plausible and probable.

But do they use it to keep track of debt over generations?

Possible and I think not probable.

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@2115298

Agree 100%
And this post is about recording history for the purpose of collecting debts.

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@2114890

I was not aware of that and am interested in learning more. Can you offer a link?

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@2115054

Good start
Cooperation and warfare
are not in question

There are cooperation and warfare among humans based on centuries old treaties.

The only reason Spain doesn't kick England out of Gibraltar is a written treaty.

The only reason Greece is in default is because of bank records.

I am not saying that this is bad, only that it is unique to humans.

I wonder if dolphins have treaties?

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@2114731

I agree,
but I don't know of
any other animal
that records its actions
and keeps account of what it is owned.

Not saying they don't exist
and I would be interested
in any evidence you have
that another species does.

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@2114887

Really just wondering if they use these records to verify if debts are owed or if further collection efforts are required.

For me it does not necessarily follow that recording history has anything to do with retribution it seems as though it could just as easily have to do with redemption.
Neither does it seem that man is elevated above other animals but rather elevated among the animals.
Debts and collections. You're making even less sense than usual Vic

@Daver For me it does not necessarily follow that recording history has anything to do with retribution it seems as...

Some debts are passed down through generations.
The only way this could happen is with recorded deeds.

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