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But I think that makes them more interesting as far as reading is concerned.
originally posted by: Hefficide
a reply to: BrianFlanders
Compassion, a universal emotion hard wired into the human animal. Do you think it exists as a modern liberal fluke? Nope. It exists because as animals we are rather weak and the fact that we are the apex predator on this planet has nothing to do with selfishness and everything to do with the fact that we had the capacity to work as a group.
This natural mutual consideration and concern is what probably gave rise to the need to communicate, which led to the ability to speak, which led to everything that allows you to currently believe that being selfish is natural when, in fact, the premise is antithetical to the survival of the species.
At least that is how I see it.
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
a reply to: BrianFlanders
I don't care what people say, their actions are ALWAYS rooted in the self.
Even the fireman who runs into the burning building has a fundamentally selfish motive.
Seems counter-intuitive but think about it. These are people who buy into the hero worship thing. They have typically spent their entire lives conditioning themselves to believe self-sacrifice is a noble thing to do.
Whether or not it is isn't the point. The point is that they get what they want out of that mentality. They feel it is a kind of immortality. To be remembered practically forever for "doing the right thing" is as close as you get.
Does that make the fireman evil? Does that make him not compassionate?
What is wrong with "doing the right thing", exactly?
What is wrong with wanting to be remembered? We ALL have egos. We ALL look at the world from behind our own eyes.
If a person does whatever it is they feel is what they need to do - how does that make them "noble" or "ignoble"? Is amassing $500 Billion and hoarding it off-shore more significant than saving a child, or a cat, or an old man from a burning building?
originally posted by: TheLaughingGod
Yeah, but isn't that the thing. It's the smaller business owners that get the raw end of the deal having to deal with the burdens of bureaucracy, wouldn't you say?
No man's success occurred in a vacuum. Even a loner mountain man beaver trapper's success came about because of an existing market and trading post. Not to mention shipping lines, merchants, tailors, shop keeps. Finally some European wearing a hat.
What's that saying Randites made famous, "You can't eat your cake and have it too?"
I've got my cake, by the powers that be I will eat the whole thing myself, then I'll drive down to the ... whoops! no road, somebody forgot to pay taxes.
originally posted by: TrappedPrincess
WOW...Pretentious much.a reply to: OpenMindedRealist
attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.
So, if people voluntarily work together that means that, logically, it's moral to force people to work together through state violence?
Sooo, the only way roads can exist is through taxation?