Ok, there's this (supposedly married but sometimes that doesn't mean much)guy at work that the girls are sooo into, they just fall at his feet. And yes, he is very good looking, one in a thousand maybe. You should have seen the way they did up his work area for his birthday today. Girls and guys, you both know the sort of guy I'm talking about. The one that the ladies just can't get enough of, to where they are competing for his attention. And you know that he could have any one of them, all he would have to do is whisper in their ear & make the arrangements. ("We'll both call off sick tomorrow, meet me at..." the bumps & grinds follow in short order)
It made me think - it seems that monogamy is something that is somewhat forced, and that if it weren't for the social pressures to pair off, people would be more like baboons. Baboons form packs of males and females, but only 1 of the males gets to mate with the ladies. Should any of the other males try to mount one of the girlies, his butt gets whooped big time by the alpha male. It seems like humans are similar in that there are certain guys who have that sort of magic appeal to women, and it isn't always good looks. The only thing that allows the more shmuckly among us to get some is the social constraints in our society.
So what do you think? Is monogamy/pairing off unnatural? Was it invented by jealous guys who couldn't get any because alpha males like King Solomon kept all the women to themselves?
For atheists, your basis for morality is collective self interest, right? Does monogamy serve this interest? Or does it cause weak genes to be passed on?
Dan, jealous-beta-male class