The weapon-user is the warrior, the soldier, the fighter. He has the potential for violent behavior, and in rare extreme cases, a need for killing. In times of war, he is an asset, a brave, noble warrior to go forth into the jaws of death and vanquish the enemy. In times of peace, he is a liability, the violent criminal, the strong arm robber, the woman beater, the rapist, the murderer, the serial killer.
The weapon-maker, by contrast, seems worthless at first. Not a natural fighter, often branded a coward or a sissy, apparently of little if any value in a fight or on a battlefield, but consider for a moment a contest between a caveman with a club and a modern soldier with ballistic armor, helmet, bayonet, fully automatic assault rifle, telescopic sight with night vision. My money’s on the soldier, yet the only fundamental difference between them are the creations of the weapon-maker.
Appreciate what Nature has shaped the weapon-user for; the violence of the battlefield, the ability to kill someone who is in turn trying to kill them, up until recently face-to-face, at arms length, ignoring their dying cries for mercy, as his weapon penetrates their flesh or crushes their skull. I believe this behavior is so ingrained in the weapon-user that unless this energy is directed in a productive direction such as organized sports, it may develop into a drive to seek out the sensations of the battlefield, the physical confrontation, the imposition of one’s will on another.
Perhaps we are being counterproductive by ignoring our biology and trying to force abstinence onto those not yet married, trying to force lust to follow love, when naturally lust comes first, felt with ever-increasing fervor as we enter puberty, and love, the mature, respectful, mutually rewarding relationship based on compatibility and not merely physical attraction, is something we are not fully capable of until at least the early twenties, after our brains have attained full size, and perhaps not until after we are finished “sowing our wild oats“. Maybe we should embrace our biological behaviors, and teach our youth how to safely navigate the lust-filled waters of the juvenile breeding period into the love-filled harbor of a monogamous adult relationship.