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OK, I'll accept that as much better phrased.....thanks Brita, and your endorsement gets you off the Hot Seat, Davian.
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OK, I'll accept that as much better phrased.....thanks Brita, and your endorsement gets you off the Hot Seat, Davian.
In my defense it was 7:42 in the morning when I posted it. Not 100% awake at that point usually.
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Brita, I think what you're saying is only partially true anymore. If we have an "overall goal", it has changed from one of species survival to one of improving the lives of as many of the species as we can.

But I wouldn't even go that far. As a society, we don't have an overall goal--we have millions if individual goals that sometimes coincide. As is true for any species, no one individual reproduces for the good of the species. We reproduce for the good of our own family/genetic line. As Bryan so succinctly pointed out, what it boils down to is that each of us cares more about our own family than anyone else's.

But that's just the people who are interested in their families. There are millions of people in our society who don't give a crap about passing on genes, or passing on the family legacy. They are all about making their own lives comfortable and safe, or about making the lives of other people comfortable and safe regardless of age or parental status.
Yes, there is definitely some truth to this.

I would argue, underneath it all, we primarily protect other species because we recognize that it translates into our own survival. (i.e. take care of the earth so we have a place to live, take care of the bees so they pollenate our food so we can eat etc.). In general anyway.

There are individuals, millionss of individuals, that are only out for themselves. But looking at societies as a whole, as an entity of themselves, the goal is still protection of our species.
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The system’s problems, real and perceived, are such that the best jobs in this country offer private insurance. A few of my friends have paid thousands of dollars extra to get private care when they gave birth. For this private care you get your own room instead of sharing a ward with other new mothers and their babies, and extra care from doctors and the nurses.
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