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  •  Excellent diary, well done, T&R'd, hotlisted..... (1+ / 0-)
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    I once heard a talk by Richard Leakey, son of Louis B. and Mary Leakey, given at our local Chamber of Commerce-sponsored economics club, wherein he noted that our evolution was dependent upon a cooperative and caring social structure, and that when you look at the collections of fossils of our hominid ancestors, you inevitably find examples of individuals whose bones indicate suffering from advanced disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, and from serious injuries such as broken limbs that healed over.  Neither of these could have happened if the troop had simply abandoned them --  the disease could not have advanced so far, nor the bones healed over so completely if the individuals had not been cared for when they were unable to engage in the daily activities needed to sustain their own lives.

    This could not have happened had the troop been slavishly devoted to a Randian approach, composed of a few elites docilely serviced by an inherently inferior mass.  It could only happen on the basis of compassion and cooperation of all within the troop, and an ethic that saw the value of each individual as a necessary component of the survival of all the individuals in the group, no matter their ability to contribute.

    And ethic of from each according to their ability and to each according to their need, or loving one's neighbor as oneself and doing for others as you would have them do for you.

    You can't stand up for Main Street when you're genuflecting to Wall Street

    by caul on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 01:19:06 PM PDT

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