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Bob Loblaw

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Will it be necessary to create a new and better kind of human for any real progress to be made?

I see so many times where freedom and decency collide. If people are free, they are going to do indecent things. At this point in the evolution of our world we complain about overpopulation, but think it horrendous that we should prevent people from having children. That's one simple example. And taking away people's freedom is often seen as the most indecent thing we can do anyway. This is a paradox that is rarely acknowledged and maybe never acknowledged in the "let's save the world" talks on TED because the call is for voluntary action. I think that's really great, but I wonder if it can succeed. We see people doing horrendous things in our own neighborhoods all the time. It seems to be deeply embedded in human nature and the ignorance we are born with.

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