Who the hell invented the concept of honor, and more importantly why would anyone invent something that cannot be explained and probably does not exist and then encourage others (mostly young men) to die for it?
To me, humanity’s predisposition to warfare is explained not by simply whether they were originally predator or prey but by the fact that when they first dropped from the protective trees and trembling stood upright so that they were able see above the grasses of the veldt, they looked warily about for four things; predators, prey, sex and someone to do the dirty work or to take the fall.
Imagine if you will, a small band of proto-humans set upon by a ravenous saber-toothed tiger. One of the men guarding the tribe turns to the one next to him and says, “Quick Smith run over there and punch that thing in the nose.”
Smith in his manly exuberance does so.
“Oh-oh” says the first man. “Too bad for Smith, brave of him though. Well, lets push on while the cat is busy with him.” He turns to the rest of the tribe as they prepare to run away and shouts, “We shall remember Smith’s sacrifice for all eternity.”
Today's Quotes from Trenz Pruca's Journal:
On the Role of Civil Society:
Why would anyone be morally bound or wish to be morally bound to a civil society that does not share the goal that it’s citizens deserve a fair distribution of wealth, income and power? If the civil society is not dedicated to that end what else could it possibly be dedicated to? What is freedom, to those without wealth, income or power?On Supply and Demand:
There is no such things and supply and demand because they are both infinitely manipulatable.
Wherever you have supply meeting a demand you will have someone trying to make a profit by making it not so.On Competition:
The last thing anyone enters a competition for is competition.
Competition in a 100 yard dash lasts about 10 seconds. Competition in the market lasts about the same length of time before someone tries to game it.
Only a fool enters a race to compete, everyone else enters to win.On Markets:
There is no such thing as a free market. There is always a transaction cost.
Those who manage the transactions ultimately make all the money.
A market is something that one goes into to buy groceries and usually has a prefix affixed to it like “super”. Everything else is a casino.On Ponzi and other Schemes:
All fortunes are based on Ponzi schemes.
Global Finance is a Ponzi Scheme.
All Ponzi schemes are based on gullibility and government is usually the most gullible of all.
On Outsourcing Governmental Services:
The outsourcing of governmental services is the road to tyranny.
The outsourcing of governmental services is theft of public property.On Scoundrels:
The last refuge of scoundrels is not patriotism but the claim that no one could see it coming.
Most wealthy individuals are scoundrels, only very few admit it and they usually are already in jail.On Corporations:
The only country that a corporation has allegiance to is its own management.
A corporation cannot be considered a citizen, it cannot serve in the military for less than minimum wage.
Corporations were created to carry out specific goals of the state. Now the state appears to exist to carry out the specific goals of the corporations.
Corporations would not exist if their investors had to assume the same economic risks as any other individual in a free society.On Free Enterprise:
The goal of every business enterprise is not to maximize profit but to separate risk from reward.
The most important goal for any democratic government should be to avoid removing risk from enterprise. Yet it currently appears that the only function of government is to shield enterprise from risk.On Patriotism:
He who makes a profit from war or the things of war can never be considered a patriot.