Great post! But I take exception to this statement especially in
the current context where people think it is wrong that we have
the best government money can buy:
You have to accept that we are a competitive species, not a
collaborative one. We may do things together, but only in the
perspective of self-fulfillment. It's as if individual growth is
hard-coded in our genes. Maybe not you, certainly not me, but in
I agree that in general we all want to improve our lot in life.
I disagree that it is built into our genes for us to screw over
our fellow humans in the process. It has been documented in
books such as Mutual Aid: a factor of Evolution that
cooperation within a species is a much more effective (and
prevalent) strategy than competition within a species.
In addition, even if some mild forms of competition within a
species are beneficial, I totally reject the carte-blanche you
offer to even the most sadistic and psychopathic behavior in the
name of "my genes made me do it".
If your assumption that we are for the most part all
psychopaths is true then we as a species are completely and
totally fucked. The overwhelming evidence is the vast majority
of humans are not psychopaths. The problem is that almost
literally by hook and by crook we have developed a system
where psychopaths tend to rise to positions of leadership in
corporations and they have used their power to almost totally
subvert the government to their antisocial whims.
If you look up the definition of "psychopath":
a personality disorder characterized by enduring antisocial
behavior, diminished empathy and remorse, and disinhibited or
you will see that what you described is psychopathic behavior.
While this aberration may have a genetic component, that doesn't
make it right; it doesn't mean it is widespread; and it certainly
doesn't mean we should develop a system that puts psychopaths
in positions of great power.