After yesterday's lofty thoughts, I remembered the little detail that our instinctual aggressiveness remains, even if we reach the spiritual place in which we are no longer struggling to survive. Jesus displayed a temper a number of times, as I recall...

Lorenz wrote about animals finding ways to divert their aggressiveness away from their family or others in their social group. Perhaps our instinctual aggressiveness can also be diverted, away from people (who we love and don't want to hurt) and towards those things that threaten them. Like Jesus denouncing untruths or certain harmful (yet socially accepted) practices. Or his casting out of demons, aggressively attacking something in a person without attacking the person.

So that even when it is not being used for survival, our natural aggressiveness becomes an important good.