Nature deals us a confusing deck. “Be like me”, and tear the heart out of your enemy seems to be the lesson. Most of us know we can’t live like that. It does not bring a tear to the eye when twins agree; they were born that way. When diverse individuals with vastly different perspectives stand shoulder-to-shoulder in order to build up and protect one another, now “that’s” entertainment!
I think the contradiction can be reconciled if we are born to a different destiny and achieving it actually makes nature happy, something like: “Learn to shelter in the biggest and nicest dwellings possible, thrive and get along”.
There is a study that shows that most people would rather make less money “if” they can brag to their friends about making a bit more than they do. Wouldn’t you rather be the lowest paid member of an elite, highly compensated group? Whenever the capital gains tax is lowered the tax revenue spikes, because investors liquidate, spend and invest. Yet, “tax the rich” demands that both destructive and constructive individuals of means are lumped into the same punitive category. One thing we probably can’t have until reforms like VotePlusPlus succeed is a flat tax, because as it stands the notion that wealth breeds corruption is not handled on the basis of getting rid of the corruption, but by presuming that wealth alone indicates its occurrence. If you speed up while somebody is trying to pass you on the freeway – yes, you get to be in front but you’re now traveling at a speed that you clearly found uncomfortable in the first place.
Ultimately, nature is trying to teach us that this kind of predatory dominance is actually self-destructive. What does Godzilla eat after feasting on all the available humans?
Might want to retract those fangs and extend a hand.