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October 9th, 2013, 22:02
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
People have no inborn instinct dictating that others should suffer - that's bullshit.
"Suffer" is certainly a relative and subjective term which makes argument nearly pointless. That said, I'm comfy with a generality that people have an inborn instinct to want "more".

The key is that it doesn't really matter what the form of "more" really takes. It's free to be whatever is appropriate for the group being examined. So, in our current cannibal-capitalism paradigm, "more" largely takes the form of a bigger pile of consumer goods and the money used to attain them. If we look at "a simpler world" where money isn't even in the picture, "more" could take the form of an extra apple or a cave to live in that doesn't fill with water every time it rains. Taken to a strictly biological scale, "more" could be multiple or more desirable mates.

Regardless of the chosen context for "more", it entails by definition an inequality and humans want it. And I'll up the ante by further stating that the means for achieving the inequality will involve violence, albeit not necessarily physical.

Sorry. No pearls of wisdom in this oyster.
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