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In a speech at Wheaton College, Massachusetts, Carl Sagan spoke of how we humans share 99.6% of our active genes with chimpanzees. He described male chimps as aggressive and female chimps as non-aggressive. When under stress or threatened, male chimps become angry, pick up stones and hold them in their palms to hurl at the target. Female chimps, he tells us, walk up to the angry males, pry open their fingers, remove the stones, and drop them on the ground.
I tried to take the stones from his hands; I tried talking, texting, writing, believing, settling, begging, tears and anger. I tried always to be peacemaker, to give him what he wanted, while attempting to maintain some dignity. That was unacceptable to him; he wanted to control the terms completely. His terms harmed me. It carried on. Every time I tried to kill the flame he would always reignite it. My instinct for survival made me realize that unless he was crushed completely the flame would never go out.
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