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From: "Scott Stephens"
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Subject: Re: Apology- Missile Paranoia
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Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 23:12:39 GMT
"Spehro Pefhany" wrote in message
> On Mon, 30 Dec 2002 10:46:18 -0800, the renowned John Larkin
> >The advocates of 'intelligent design' (as opposed to simple evolution)
> >suggest that Earth is a better place than it could possibly be if not
> >planned to be so. The fact that nukes are so hard to make, and that
> >fissionable materials are so rare, is a point in their favor. But I
> >guess that nukes being possible at all, is a point against.
No, I don't think it is a point against. You can see any possible weapon as
either a deliberate blessing from God, or the blind benefit of random nature
enabling evolution. Weapons teach us it is better to live socially with
division of labor and symbiosis rather than as predators, because the long
term pain of war is greater than its short term pleasure. Those who cannot
learn this will be beaten and devoured by competitors, or destroy
Advanced civilizations need advanced weapons to learn advanced lessons.
The human race has nearly outgrown the era of the Big Stick, humanity has
learned that lesson. Now we must learn the lessons of truth, honesty and
sanity rather than corrupt self-deception - insanity. Human society has been
characterized by social myths and delusions, cognitive violence, and they
will become increasingly painful and destructive.
> What kind of intelligent design would make a multi-megaton hydrogen
> bomb available to billions of glorified chimps hard-wired for
> aggressive territorial behavior?
God(s) that wanted chimps to learn wisdom, peace and morality - or else.
When did man ever do the morally right thing without getting his ass kicked
for not doing it? Why not ask why God/nature didn't give us a brain that
could reason without decieving itself? The answer is we are learning that
> Maybe the gods are placing bets on
> how long it takes or how we will blow ourselves up. Fifteen hundred
> quatloos on the Middle East!
I bet on DC & NY getting the 'shroom. Some wise guy once said a Smith &
Wesson beats a Full House. It's no fun to play Monopoly when your
competitors have hotels on 3 sides of the board. Its no fun winning, working
hard and getting lucky only to have to honor, respect and share with the
losers you beat the hell out of. But it ain't gunna be much fun at all
cleaning up after a nuke and dealing with the paranoia of the Orwellian
totalitarian police state that will grow out of and exploit the catastrophe.
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