One who intends to leave others better off for his having existed.

5/18/11

Same thing only different?

 Civilization is unbearable


 but it is less unbearable at the top


 


Timothy Leary


If after a community of monkeys


were trained to exchange pebbles for cucumbers


a select group got better tasting grapes


 


the cucumber earning monkeys stopped gathering pebbles


in response to perceived unfairness


 


and exhibited hostility


when some received grapes for doing nothing


 


are some humans responding the same way


to perceived injustices in response to economic distress


only differently?


 


You Call That Fair?


Discover Magazine


September, 2003


 


Is liberty dependent on limits for some


to provide minimal rights for others?


 


An imbalance between rich and poor


is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics


 


Plutarch


If need is sustenance and a temperate climate


 


and modern society’s social contract


is do not do to others what you wouldn’t want them to do to you


unless you need to


 


have a few at the top broken society’s social contract


with the many underneath?

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