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Could the evolution of human musicality have a connection with the “aquatic ape” theory, I wonder. Long distance, underwater communication in whales and some other cetaceans has much in common with music. If our ancestors did spend time as aquatic mammals, as the aquatic ape theory suggests, then singing (or more accurately, humming) would have been immensely useful. I think low notes travel further and if this is so then various pitches would have been used for greater and lesser distances. Also, the acoustic quality of the sound produced by singing would have allowed perception of nearby large objects such as cliff faces, and also the shallowness of the water. Music, or singing at least, would have massive survival benefit in this scenario.
“The wars of Israel […] are mitzvah wars, in which they differ from the rest of the wars the nations wage among themselves. Since, essentially, a war is not an individual matter, but rather nations wage war as a whole, there are cases in which the personality of the individual is “erased” for the benefit of the whole. And vice versa: sometimes you risk a large unit for the saving of an individual, when it is essential for purposes of morale. One of the important and critical values during war is maintaining the army’s fighting ability […]’