Celestial Steven was waxing idealistic recently about the tenuous existence of humankind. He said, that, early on-that is way, way back in time-cooperation among advanced sentient beings was primary. An individual’s survival depended upon interaction with others. On an individual level everyone was equal.
Problems, he said, began when the individual started identifying with a particular group; with group identification came conflict with others. The whole process has continued to grow and fester into the sectarian, racial, and religious conflicts (not to mention the divisive social class distinctions brought about by economic inequities) we now experience.
So, Celestial Steven said, if we could re-establish the one on one or establish an egalitarian collective everything would be peachy.
Mini-Max, being an unapologetic pragmatic conservative, took immediate exception to this idea. He said it is only human nature to desire the security of association with one’s own kind. The social security and economic stability of such alliances brings about fair competition between groups resulting in innovation and invention that lead to affluence and raise everyone’s quality of life.
So, I guess what it comes down to is racing blindly toward self-destruction as we fall deeper into our tribal differences in the interests of more for us or waking up, over-coming our jealousy and fear of the other and moving toward a more egalitarian world.
Well, I think collectivity may be the way to go but I would hate having to give up my playhouse.