Posted by Manuel Oliveros on October 27, 2002 at 07:29:07:
In Reply to: Re: buildings as weapons of terror posted by Peter on October 27, 2002 at 07:08:57:
Well, to discern degrees of violence in past and present societies would require some study and consideration of circumstances... and any conclusion would be anyway quite dependent on our set of beliefs on too which extent circumstances make more acceptable some uses. However the risk is extant on being too true the cynic remark of Voltaire on civilization being the perfection of Barbary, for if we on the whole may have turned even more loving of peace if only due to a bigger awareness proper of our bigger development, the destructivity of the means by which the actual order is preserved is also far bigger.
Anyway humans of course debate between the conditions of competence (Hobbes' Homo Homini Lupus) and the benefits of solidarity. The achievement of such peaceful blissful state is still on the horizon but one needs not to discard it on the basis of that evolution theory asks us to be aggressive in an aggressive environment ... all these things bear some factuality, and humans maybe collectively striving for some present optimization that includes of course violence and war (the lack of it who knows if being even more destructive globally in putting in risk developed societies … this has happened in the past), but it is also clear that the optimization also seems be exacting the preservation of the bigger number of humans affordable. Given enough development, we'll maybe eventually find unbearable the loss of any human and his/her abilities.
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