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Going a bit highbrow. Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost:
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Right you are Dave about not needing the right or left anymore. I have just re-read chapter 3:9 The End of Politics in Jeremy’s book Freedom – only a couple of pages but that cuts through all the confusion like nothing else!
Nigel, have you seen the video of Brian Carlton on the WTM’s website, where he says, “you never forget the euphoric moment when you realise this really does explain the human condition”? It is in the commendations section on the WTM homepage. https://www.humancondition.com/?videoId=commendations&item=1. I dont think his experiences are the same as yours, but for getting someone on the record remembering what it was like to find the explanation of the human condition, it reminded me of you.
Ah the Trump phenomena. I think if the WTM can convince people that Trump is not such a bad thing, then they will have achieved the almost impossible. I did read the little book Transform Your Life, and it has a good section on how what we thought was good turns out to be bad, and what we thought was bad turns out to be good. Thats oversimplifying it, but it really is a very elegant argument that Griffiths makes. And pretty easy to understand in my opinion. Umm, that section about the tables being turned was on page 48 of my hardcopy, which, if my computer skills are up to it, you can read here. https://www.humancondition.com/transform-your-life-and-save-the-world-part-2/
I recommend chapter 4.4 of Freedom to get a good background on genes and how they are a tool for developing order, but with a limitation which is that “unconditionally selfless behaviour normally cannot be developed between sexually reproducing individuals”. And then chapter 5.4 about how humans got around that. They never taught me this in school.