reply to post by The X
You saying "I'm wrong" does not make it so, your opinion does not make me "Wrong".
Except it's not exactly an opinion.
You forget that human beings are still evolved to be tribal creatures. Females seek lasting bonds with good "father material" while their instincts
drive them to cuckoldry with politically favorable males. Males seek social power and status (money, popularity, position, etc) to draw the attention
of females (whether or not they realize it).
This is how we are genetically programmed to behave. Sure - conscious thought can do a lot of things and allow us to over-ride instincts; but the
type of things you are talking about are just too far outside the envelope of our species.
Evolution demands the individual be competitive against other members of its species. We will never be exempt from this process.
At some point we will realise we are capable of maintaining life without needing to f*** each other over.
We already do. That is how human society began to develop. Men and women who work together can share resources - individuals who work together may
not necessarily be "top dogs" of competitiveness - but cooperation can ensure the survival of their offspring (who can later seize opportunities to
gain a competitive edge).
The thing is that we are still driven to be competitive. I want my children to be better than yours - for me to give them access to the tools,
environment, and genetics to spread my legacy far and wide.
Ultimately, that will cause conflict at some point in time (considering each of my children will be genetically programmed to do the same - just as we
all are). Knowing that this conflict is inevitable allows us to use our conscious minds to over-ride our instincts and perform in ways that are more
That doesn't automatically exclude things like war and deceit - but makes them far more calculated endeavors as compared to impulsive responses.
But in the meantime peoples unwillingness to even consider fundamental change for everyone,
You're not the first, not the only, and certainly won't be the last person saying things like this. There's a reason the "politically correct"
answer always involves allusions to "world peace" and "ending world hunger."
Here's the thing - I'm more than willing to charge into Africa and start setting things straight there. For an effective relief effort - you have
to disrupt the warlords, cartels, and other groups that wreak havoc on aid efforts. Essentially - you have to go to war with them; snuff them out,
and replace the incomes they offer (people work for them because they often are the only ones offering comparably lucrative positions) with 'real
To do that, you need boots-on-ground and a full scale military endeavor lasting at least 15 years (probably closer to 25 or even 30).
I'll be more than happy to be part of it. However, I'm not going to go do it for free. I have goals - a house I'd like to build (my modest
starter home - not my crazy dream home), a family I'd like to one day have and support, hobbies I would like to pursue (that would cost money).
"Well, under my system, you could have these things for free if you do your part for society."
Except it doesn't really work like that. It requires everyone to drop their individual goals and work for some arbitrary greater good that may
ultimately require great sacrifices of their individuality.
In the military, one is often trained to "follow orders" (this is far more applicable to dynamic combat situations; "because I said so and am
higher ranking" is a piss-poor reason to back up static decisions... a concept the military can have difficulty grasping). This is because you
don't have time to debate when bullets are flying. You may, very well, be ordered on an effective suicide mission to allow other individuals to
ultimately 'win' the engagement. That is a sacrifice for the greater good. You put your trust in the hands of those above you that whatever
sacrifices may lay ahead - it will ultimately be a good and necessary decision.
The system you talk of requires that and more. It's not your death being gambled - it's your life. Your dreams, passions - the very things that
make you who you are.
It's one thing to talk - it's another to do. And that's why you see what you describe. Even you - you're more than willing to talk about it -
perhaps even donate a token amount to charities or aid efforts. But would you give up your career for what you describe? Would you accept being told
that you have met your quota for a favorite brand of ice cream, and that you have to put it back (eating too much of it is depriving others and
It all goes against the grain of human nature.