posted on Dec, 17 2007 @ 06:04 PM
Isn't there a problem with viewing selfishness as an inherent human instinct? As frequently described, selfishness is an antisocial characteristic.
Humans are highly social; if we believe that we are inherently antisocial, then why do we bother socializing?
I think selfishness is an imbibed characteristic; a by-product of the world we have grown into. Today, one is encouraged to be 'individual', and to
protect one's 'interests'. This provides the rationale for such sentiments as the need to bear arms, described as 'self-defense.' From what?
Obviously, each other. But when a society's inhabitants do not trust each other, the society will inevitably collapse -- and, oddly enough, we're
aware of this because we (claim to) emphasize such values as friendship and teamwork.
There is a freedom inherent in one's existence, which can neither be legislated nor controlled. It can neither be given to nor taken away from
individuals, nor can it be 'defended.' We can and will come to appreciate that in both our fellows and selves.
There is already a change in place. A part of that change, I believe, is the awareness that 'leaders' don't actually 'lead' us anywhere.
We're all perfectly capable of thinking for ourselves, as we're coming to discover. Where a second opinion is required, we are/can be willing to
help each other out.
But until we do, I say the world needs no more revolutionaries. Look through our history, and you will see it populated with such characters. Religion
has them, as does politics. It only takes some time before ideals get made into a doctrine -- whether it claims to satisfy philosophical or social
needs. And our world today depends heavily on doctrines.
To conclude, I think the future of the human species is one where it learns to function as a part of a larger system. When we move past the need to
consume our surroundings, we will have arrived at the future we've craved for centuries.
Unfortunately, I don't know how long it will take.