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TOTD 25 Sep 2001


Nature creates by placing her inventions in competition with each other. In the world of humans, the bloodiest of these contests is between social groups. The voice of our meme's ambition tells us to pound our rivals into submission and force them into servitude -- servitude to the cluster of ideas that sits at our culture's core.

The hunger of the superorganism and the ambition of the meme trap us in a moral dilemma. Violence is the most appalling of human expressions. Yet we cannot lash each other with lectures, pound our chests with guilt, and voluntarily throw away our arms. We live in a threatening world -- a world of other human beings very much like ourselves. And like us, our fellow humans are dangerous.

-Howard Bloom, The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.

-Reinhold Niebuhr

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