Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Bot's new thread (so as not to hijack the other one)
Pretty interesting discussion. While I generally agree with Bot's first response I get concerned when I see one solution being held up as superior to others, especially when that solution is felt to be so superior it is morally just to kill other people to get them to accept it.
I am more of a believer that nature is necessarily diverse. There are billions of life forms on earth instead of one for reasons. The human species is by preprogrammed instructions constantly mixing genetic material to increase diversity. Our social arrangements have general similarities in some cases and great differences in others. I do not think there is any single correct anything. We are all part of a here and now, and in that condition I am glad I am an American. But I am sure there are plenty of other cultures who have people with similarly strong feelings of being glad they are where they are.
Some cultural/social arrangements work better when there is not enough to go around. Ours works best when there is plenty. I am not sure our system works really well when there is a shortage of everything. I am not even certain it would continue to exist. The need to take care of basics, feeding yourself and your family, would take a very high priority if there was not enough to go around and every day a substantial portion of the population died of starvation.
Isn't it odd that if we assume Bot's basic descriptions of humans and freedom are true that there are so many different solutions or arrangements humans have devised to govern themselves over the thousands of years of our history? I do not think Nature will ever be satisfied with one right answer or solution for anything, especially something complex. So, I think you "Let It Be" and keep your powder dry until it is your turn to defend your right to survive. Resolving differences over beliefs with military might when there are simple solutions, like, mind your own business can never be the path of a long term survivor. As my father once told me growing up, there is always someone stronger. Jim