posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 07:22 PM
reply to post by YouSir
Your efforts to expand the discussion are more than greatly appreciated. I am always amazed when people attempt to dismiss my assertions and
understandings as being more philosophical than practical, as if philosophy is merely a luxury for the erudite or people with too much time their
hands. The reality is that everyone has a philosophy and when they make their own assertions they are - assuming they actually believe what they are
asserting - being "philosophical".
There is nothing at all impractical about philosophy and anyone who thinks they can function without a philosophy are not being practical at all. It
matters not though, as everyone does have a philosophy and those who know this generally tend to develop that philosophy and be cause over it. Those
who do not realize they have a philosophy are tragically the effect of their philosophy, which is generally a hodgepodge of aphorisms, maxims, rules
of thumb, and even simple idioms and old wives tales they've absorbed throughout their lives.
In terms of cause versus effect, I am not so sure we need to rely on evolution in order to control these "urges" that are so problematic when it
comes to living together socially. While it is self evident that it is the People who hold the inherent political power - and if the Arab Spring is
not strong evidence of that self evidence then perhaps the word evidence needs to be more clearly defined - so technically speaking, regardless of the
form of government, it is the People who govern.
I am a huge advocate of self government and I think I can understand your reticence to predict that such a form of governance, this self government,
is a government that we can see in our life times. However, whichever lifetime such a form of government finally sees its day in the sun, it will
most assuredly see that day because individuals have learned to be cause over their "urges" rather than the effect of them. Perhaps this cause will
encourage nature to push humanity towards an evolved state where these "urges" no longer "plague" humanity, or perhaps, in being cause over them,
we discover that many of these "urges" are not such a "plague" after all, and actually have very practical purposes.
While I feel confident you understand what I am getting at, here I am, once again, being "philosophical" about the "practical".