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Such a development is by no means found only in the relations of employers and servants. Often the history of marriage conflicts is identical; however, since it is easier to fire a servant than to divorce, the outcome is often that of a lifelong battle in which each partner tries to punish the other for ever-accumulating wrongs. The problem that con fronts us here is that of a specific human character, namely the narcissis tic-exploitative character, and not that of an accumulated instinctive energy.
This demon strates that the motor coordination patterns of the instinctive behavior pattern are hereditarily determined down to the finest detai l . " (K. )4 For Lorenz, then, aggression is primarily not a reaction to outside stimuli, but a "built-in" inner excitation that seeks for release and will find expression regardless of how adequate the outer stimulus is: "It is the spontaneity oj the instinct that makes it so dangerous. (K. Lorenz, 1 966. Italics added. ) Lorenz's model of aggression, like Freud's model of the libido, has been rightly called a hydraulic model, in analogy to the pres sure exercised by dammed-up water or steam in a closed container.
C. 5 Lorenz's assumption of forty thousand years of organized war fare is nothing but the old Hobbesian cliche of war as the natural state of man, presented as an argument to prove the innateness of human aggressiveness. The logic of Lorenz's assumption is that man is aggres5The question of the aggression among the food gatherers and hunters is discussed at length in chapter 8. The lnstinctivists 1 9 sive because he was aggressive; and he was aggressive because he is aggressive. Even if Lorenz were right in his thesis of continuous warfare in the Late Paleolithic, his genetic reasoning is open to question.