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Day: June 5, 2021

Nietzsche was right. Sort of.

Nietzsche was right. Sort of.

Panoply7, by Douglas Pinson. Digital painting, 2021.

I’ve often heard it said that “human nature” makes true system-change impossible, that we’re too greedy, selfish, or just plain rotten to ever live in a more cooperative, harmonious way with one another, which apparently means any system-change is bound to fail.

I find that to be blinkered thinking on several levels, and ultimately destructive. First off, there is no such thing as “human nature,” as anthropologists, biologists, bio-geneticists, and psychologists of various stripes have been telling us for more than a century. More than a few philosophers have as well, including the fellow mentioned in the title. If we have any “nature” at all, it’s such a jumble of competing drives, emotions, instincts and “wills,” there can be no singularity, no single “I”.… Click to Continue “Nietzsche was right. Sort of.”

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