So yesterday MDA had an article on violence that talked about something I've been wondering for a while.
If you look at recorded history and the archaeological record, it's plain that mankind has a history of violence, like pretty much every other animal out there. Questions of whether or not war is right, necessary, or inevitable aside, do you think that violence is a basic part of the primal human existence?
Taking myself as an example, I practice Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and mosh at metal and hardcore shows. Since taking these up, I have as a whole felt healthier and happier in a way that goes beyond that I could ascribe to the benefits of basic exercise. Most fellow martial artists I've asked feel the same way: sparring is one of the most fun things any of us ever do.
Personally, I believe that at least most men and likely many women have an instinct for violence, and having a controlled outlet for it (as opposed to, say, street fights or tribal warfare) is beneficial to mental health.
Or perhaps it's just me and a few others who have a violent instinct, and finding such a controlled outlet just prevents us from getting in trouble (though I was never much for fighting until taking up said violent hobbies).
What's your experience?