Monthly Archives: November 2013

On War, Part 4

When we pull aside the curtain of history and peer back through the mists of time, it would seem that war has been with us in one form or another for nearly our entire racial memory. Yet, although one might think, on the surface, that war is the inevitable outcome of some psychological trait of our species, a deeper examination will show that this is not necessarily true. For there are many examples in the historical record where man has successfully lived in peace with man, and we see that war is indeed a matter of choice, and not compulsion.
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On War, Part 3

Inarguably, an important part of the study of war is why war in the first place. To this, many explanations have been given over the centuries: religion, power, competition for scarce resources, some inclination to war that is supposedly innate to mankind’s psyche. Yet, beneath all of these lie one common thread: the desire for wealth. To wit: war is almost always a result of the friction between the longing of those who do not have wealth to acquire it, and the need of those who have it to both retain it, and acquire more.
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Quell the Eugenic Man

From the theories proposed by Sir Francis Galton at the turn of the twentieth century, to the warnings illustrated by the movie Gattica at the turn of the twenty-first, the concept that mankind can somehow deterministically improve its genetic lot has been an undercurrent of political thought for a very long time. Yet, one has to wonder about this fascination. Certainly, we are the only species on this planet for which this is an innate concern, though undoubtedly this is linked, in no small part, to our ability to conceptualize sorrow with our current form and, thus, contrive some ideal to improve upon it. No other animal, after all, has ever gazed upon its reflection in a pool of water and been so enamored with perfection as our own. However, just because we can conceptualize an idea does not mean we have the intellectual capacity to properly act upon it.
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