Hmmm, Can't keep up completely with the Debate, but oh well, it is the internet afterall.
Ryan A wrote:
I think solving the worlds problems is more important than protecting myself or some member of my family. I am fighting evolution here, I realize, but I would prefer our species survive more than my genes.
Just out of curiousity, Do you have children, Are you married? I only ask, because "I" do not know anyone who would not do "ANYTHING" to protect their children from Real Harm.
However, I am trying to understand your point of view, even though I don't Agree with it.
I would be more likely to listen to someone who is passively distributing knowledge than acting like a dictator with a gun. I think disarming yourself is the easiest way to show trust in another individual. If someone does not feel you trust them, it is unlikely he will ever lower their defenses and we will forever live in a land of itchy triggers, constantly fearing for their lives.
I too would like to live in a world where we can trust everyone and not have any concern for the bad things the "bad" guy down the street or around the next turn/corner may want to do to me or my family. Unfortunately, We don't have that world, therefore, it is my duty to (at a minimum) pay attention to my surroundings and prepare myself for the worse, while hoping and praying that the worse never comes.
Bottom line, Trust is earned, and I noone should expect it to be given freely.
There is the reason "being defensive" in social situations is bad. It makes people feel like you are threatened. We need to eliminate these feelings and the actions that cause them.