It is foolish and counterproductive to define animals as either “good” or “evil”. When an animal is hungry it seeks food. The fact that the food is another animal is part of the process only to the extent that it constrains food-gathering strategy. The animal is not making a conscious decision to deprive another animal of life; it has no process for making such a decision. Hungry, hunt, eat (or fail to catch food, and remain hungry). Mechanical, in a way.

A baby starts out the same way. The condition is masked by the fact that the human infant is for all practical purposes a worm, devoid of any means of gathering its own food or even getting to where the food might be. It has no conscious apperception of the existence of other beings; that has to be taught as the infant brain develops the capacity.

Even an adult human being isn’t much better. No fangs, no claws, no armor, not even strong teeth and jaws for biting off vegetation. Humans only succeed in groups, so our “instincts” (heritable behavioral characteristics) tell us to teach our infants socialization and provide our infants with the precursors for that teaching.

Everything we call “evil” traces back, ultimately, to selfishness — to privileging our individual selves over the good of the group. This is what the Socialists build their concepts upon, and it’s hard to argue against because it’s true.

The problem is that an agricultural society, or even more an industrial one, requires behaviors that are “selfish” in the context of group socialization. The children are hungry and need food — but if you feed them the seed grain, everybody starves next year. The resources taken out of society to build a factory can’t be used to feed the sick, house the hungry, or cure the homeless, and that’s not fair — that is, it doesn’t match our “instinctive” reactions to how-to-support-the-group. Agricultural and industrial societies are intellectual constructs that don’t match our “instincts”, and are vulnerable to people who can’t or won’t do the intellectual work to support them.

All die. O, the embarrassment — and the confusion from people who aren’t reasoning but emoting, based on “instinctive” reactions. What the hell happened to all the food?

h/t: Q and O

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