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Jun. 10th, 2010 @ 07:58 am To The Point...
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Before commenting about ANYTHING (issues big and small), remember to *first* consider the default settings of the nature of humanity.
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From:msanborn
Date:June 10th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
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*drive by hugging*
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From:snarkactual
Date:June 11th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
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Bryan,
I think I see what you're trying to say, but I think it's a bit clumsily put.

The question that this raises is; 'What would the "default" setting of humanity be?' Entire schools of philosophy differ on this subject, so it would be good to know what the correct "default" settings might be.

I tend to believe that man is essentially good by default. However, there are within the species those that would use this essential goodness, trust and faith to further their own ends. These people, if they are charismatic and clever can manipulate the more guileless or more naive members of any group of humanity towards ends that were they more critical thinking, less willing to suspend disbelief in the face of charisma and a story that appeals to their world view, would not even give second thought about.

Unfortunately, and maybe this is what you meant. People don't generally like to think critically, don't like to weigh a course of action against the environment (both physical and mental), to look at factors in opposition to their desired approach and to follow a set of consequences beyond the immediate.

I think that even this attempt is clumsily worded and fails to completely convey my meanings.