Colin Robinson

I agree very strongly with your point about the way hawks speak of appeasement. They talk as if 1938 was the only moment in human history when someone tried to resolve a conflict by making a concession to someone else. Actually world leaders were doing this as far back as 61 AD, when Rome and Parthia concluded the Treaty of Rhandeia. On that occasion, concessions made by the two sides resulted in 50 years of peace between them.

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I agree that studying our evolutionary heritage can help us humans understand and address our current predicament.

Chimpanzees not only hunt smaller primates, they also have wars among themselves, over territory and resources. They're intelligent, social animals, and also feisty and dangerous ones... Just like us humans, except that we're more intelligent, more social, and feistier and more dangerous too...

I share your determination to write about "the end of illusions"... Although I'm not sure it will ever be feasible to wholly replace competition with cooperation — is that what you're calling for, Caitlin?

I'd suggest it may be more feasible to keep competing and cooperating, but exercise more collective self-control over how we compete...

I definitely agree that we as a species need to become more conscious about ourselves. Including and especially about dangerous and troublesome sides of our evolved character.

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I strongly agree with your bottom line.

It's a serious error to regard even the worst of humans as something other than a human.

A subtler error than claiming they did nothing wrong, but a serious error nonetheless.

Humanity as a species needs to learn as much as possible from the horrors of the Nazi epoch, which we can't do if we regard the Nazi leaders as totally "other".

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Colin Robinson

Colin Robinson

Someone who likes sharing factual information and fragments of the big picture