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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Nasty, Brutish, and Short - 18sep21

No, I do not agree with Thomas Hobbes assessment

that our ancestors’ lives were

“…solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short…”

and nether do reputable anthropologists.

One need only contrast the behavior

of Bonobos with Chimpanzees,

the former being matriarchal and egalitarian,

whereas the latter are patriarchal and elitist.

The primary difference between these two groups

is not their genetics

but their environment.

Time and again

circumstantial scarcity correlates with aggression

while abundance correlates with compassion.

Although morality begins

with social safety nets

it must take us all the way

to a post scarcity society.

Perhaps that is why,

in the third season of Clone Wars,

Senator Padme Amidala asked

“Say nothing of fiscal responsibility;

what about moral responsibility?”

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

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