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  •  Even what humans invent is subject to change. (0+ / 0-)

    The state can evolve into a service organization.

    In the beginning, the nation state was just a larger example of segregation. Segregation is attractive to humans, perhaps because dividing things into parts makes them easier to control and control of the other is particularly attractive to individuals who find it impossible to manage themselves. (I envision the problem as akin to that of a spinning top, whose environment seems to be spinning around and which doesn't know it's about to stop spinning and fall over). Segregation involves exclusion and sentient creatures resent that. People don't like being shut out, however convenient they find doing it themselves. Mobile organisms resent being excluded because exclusion halts their forward progress. We value mobility even as we value segregation. We want to be on the move, even as our environment should stay in place. It's a basic contradiction, which arises from two traits characteristic of humans: mobility and memory. Mobility says "move." Memory says "stay put."

    How can this conflict be resolved? By taking turns. However, that's easier said than done because taking turns requires a sense of time and a sense of order and a sense of place -- all of which, it seems, a goodly number of people are missing. The sense of time, in particular, seems to be lacking in many people, probably because it is not essential and, indeed, fairly easily compensated, as witness the centrality of the church bell tower, the factory whistle, and the call to prayers six times a day by the mullahs. The sense of time and order and sequence may actually be able to be instilled, as evidenced by the game of baseball, for example.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 05:07:47 AM PDT

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