I’m in basic agreement with all you say.

And, yes, IMHO, step one is being aware of the way our evolutionary history shapes our perceptions and reactions. At least enough to take a pause and think about it either singly or collectively before taking action. Hey, if it wasn’t for those nasty Thems and their knee-jerk responses, things would be better:-)

I always envision Kant as a brain bobbing up above the crowd like a helium balloon. The concept that a mother performing from duty is superior to one acting from ‘motherly-instincts’ points out the limits of his analysis. Duty-not-love moms would produce a bunch of fucked up children. I know some of them.

Will definitely check out the essay you recommend.

I don’t, however, think he’s even close to being the first to propose a universal humanity. Just to take one example, Buddhism’s ‘second turning’, commonly called big boat Buddhism focuses on the enlightenment of all sentient beings of which humans are a substantial subset.

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Alan Tabor

Alan Tabor

Berkeley Backpacking Biz Lifer, System Builder, Coder, Community Organizer, Music and Evolutionary Biology Geek. Sign up and my projects at http://altabor.org/

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