Dispositions of Humans: Caring, Indifferent, Murderous

We humans do not have ‘free will’. We have dispositions that can erupt in all sorts of situations — and can be enlarged by these. Our political bodies illustrate such with all the rationales supporting each.

Our Supreme Court formats this phenomenon numerically — all those 5-4 votes. Four now care. Four are murderous. One is an occasional swing vote.

The sad breakdowns of returning veterans probably illustrate caring young people who are shocked by the murderous things they were induced to do or simply see. They were drilled with the military thing of taking orders from superiors which induced various types of inherent appeals — distress to the caring, indifference to others, and pleasure for the inherent killers.

Under stress the indifferent or even caring can be driven towards murder. As a child of WW2 I was steered in that direction only to be drawn back to my innate dispositions with group meetings set up with British and German teens to make peace (I was an American exchange student greatly helped, too, by this process).

Needless to say the Tea Baggers are some mix of the indifferent and murderous. And sadly the Republican party seems to have lost its soul in recent decades. The degree of human suffering in this vast and wealthy nation now is staggering! We have lost our European roots and are degenerating into a greedy CEO run nation — another Egypt, if you will.

Where this is leading us I fear thinking or saying.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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