Five Steps towards Physical and Existential Survival
- When human violence was the problem, the issue was to tame
the extremely selfish survival instinct.
This was done by religion.
Tamed instincts shifted the problem to survival in a hostile environment.
- When starvation, disease, disaster and the like were the problem, the issue
was to tame the environment.
This was done by science.
The tamed environment enabled societies and wealth to exist.
- When security and safety within a society were the problem, the issue was
to tame human greed. This was done by the state (politics).
Taming human greed, however, led to non-violent exploitation and income inequality.
- When justice and fairness were the problem, the issue was how to tame
exploitation. This was done by grass-roots protest movements.
Taming inequality created an equal society but also eliminated another reason to live.
- When the meaning of life was the problem, the issue was how to tame
nihilism. This was done through education.
Taming nihilism created good disciplined citizens willing to accept life.