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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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    May 1 2012: The current configuration of humans has remained unchanged since shortly after Man was created. No "real progress" in the species has been made. So, unless there is some reason to expect a change the answer to your question must be "Yes". How can a "new and better kind of human" be made? Maybe that is what the Holy Bible means when it says: " Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new, and all things are of God. . . " (II Corinthians 5:17, 18 KJV).
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    Apr 30 2012: Hi Bob.
    Your analysis is correct. We are malfunctioning. We have lost our way, trouble is most of us vote to continue the anarchy, we think it's freedom.
    :-)
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    May 29 2012: No, There are many truely good people engaged in making it happen -here and now. If you wait for another generation who can say that they will pick up the mantle or wish to? We have to work with what we have and do our best. I think we boomers owe at least then much.Can you imagine how much I might owe from living my life at this time in history were it was possible to have peace and abundnce to raiise my 5 kids?
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    May 5 2012: By not imposing a will & just hope for change is strong enough to be the basis of the establishment of new patterns of mankind.
  • Apr 30 2012: I am sorry but I disagree. Based on statistics world population will peak at about 2050 and then decrease over time.

    If we do face with serious overpopulation nevertheless governments can implement laws that give financial and other incentives to people that have only one child. That way everyone is still free to have more children but less people will do so. It is also clear that if women and educated and free then they tend to have fewer children.

    I also don't agree that doing bad things is embedded in human nature (except perhaps for psychopaths). Upbringing and society has a large influence on how people behave. You can see it by comparing different countries around the world.
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    Apr 30 2012: Not sure if this is about human engineering or social reform.