"The paradox of a highly social species like rhesus monkeys and humans is
that our complex sociality is the reason for our success,
but it’s also the source of our greatest troubles...
Throughout human history, you see that the worst problems for people almost always come from other people..
Fighting is never something that occurs between two individuals, Dr. Maestripieri said.
Others get involved all the time, and your chances of success depend on how many allies you have, how wide is your network of support.
Monkeys cultivate relationships by sitting close to their friends, grooming them at every possible opportunity
and going to their aid — at least, when the photo op is right.
Rhesus males are quintessential opportunists, Dr. Maestripieri said. They pretend they’re helping others, but they only help adults, not infants.
They only help those who are higher in rank than they are, not lower.
In sum, he said, “they try to gain maximal benefits at minimal cost, and that’s a strategy that seems to work in advancing status", NYT, 22.01.08