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If I may put forward a slice of personal philosophy, I feel that man has ruled this world as a stumbling, demented, child king, long enough! And as his empire crumbles, my precious black widow shall rise as his most fitting successor!
Here in Michigan, we can’t seem to handle our problems on the city, county and state level too well. Our crippled state taking over management of Detroit, the corrupt local officials embezzling funds, towns dis-incorporating, and counties barely scraping by are all examples of how well we are handling things at these fundamental levels. Now increase that to the size and complexity of the United States and it is apparent that we are barely holding it together.
And, the saddest part for me is that it seems like no one cares. At least not on a scale large enough to really change anything.
Originally posted by jonnywhite
I was with you until you started talking about greed and corruption.
Why do I say that? Because greed and corruption are intimately a part of why we cannot manage things well. If you can get rid of them then you can get rid of our inability to manage things. But it CANNOT be changed in the foreseeable future. Who can see in their mind humanity eliminating greed and corruption?
The political, legal, and moral questions raised by this research are complex and worrisome, but they are too important to ignore. The question that law courts ask when dealing with a defendant is “did he do it”? There are obvious reasons for this question. But the more important question—one that courts rarely ask—is “Why did he do it?”
Violent crime may still be with us because we have largely ignored that question. Continuing to ignore it may ensure that we remain vulnerable to violence. In part, prevention programs have failed to stop violence because they systematically ignored the biological part of the biosocial equation that explains violence.
....Two hundred years from now will we have reconceptualized recidivistic, serious criminal behavior as a clinical disorder with roots in early social, biological, and genetic forces beyond the individual’s control? Will we look back aghast at the execution of seriously violent offenders? Will we view execution of prisoners as we now view the burning of witches?
In evolutionary terms, it has paid some individuals to be antisocial, parasites on the rest of us, and to seize others’ resources to increase their own genetic ﬁtness as measured by producing more offspring. Perhaps this gave rise to a genetic predisposition to crime and aggression.
Two hundred years from now will we have reconceptualized recidivistic, serious criminal behavior as a clinical disorder with roots in early social, biological, and genetic forces beyond the individual’s control?
Our time-immemorial practices do protect society from particular criminals, but they do nothing to prevent the next generation of violence.