reply to post by AfterInfinity
So what do we have to be afraid of? What threatens us? Why do we need to defend ourselves at all? For being the master species of this planet, we are
awfully fearful. Why is that?
Because we still exhibit the instinctual urge to dominate and conquer each other.
It's in our games; football, chess, checkers. It's inherent in the selective breeding
we each engage in. We're territorial. We still love a good fight, a good pro-counter debate.
We still like to win.
It's that urge that drives what each society considers evil. The definition of evil changes
with a society's morals...for the sake of brevity *evil* worked (i hoped) to make my point.
We are instinctual and
intellectual (empathetic, compassionate, logical etc.),
but we each exhibit differing degrees of each.
Point is, to rid yourself of your ability to defend yourself while we, as a species, still mostly
operate out of instinct, is folly.
It is still a dog eat dog world as they say. we have some evolving to do before we reach
Utopia. We should aspire to live in a Utopian society, but to think we could attain it in our
lifetime is naive....
As the OP stated, most people on this board live in a bubble of comfort and cannot empathize
with the POV of someone whose government is tyrannical. They simply cannot fathom how
that could happen where they live---too many good people to overcome, too many good-nature'd
souls who would passively resist. Those folks are deluded IMO...I'm a witness to history