The default state of humanity is to do nothing but compete. The world is both territorial and disorderly.
‘Coercion is natural; freedom is artificial.’ It takes energy to turn individuals into niches that make peace. It’s even harder to sustain it. Things collapse when they don’t cooperate, a psychological practice just as much as a scientific one.
“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”
More things go wrong than right, especially when we stop trying to keep them all together. The only way to decrease entropy is to apply some communal effort.
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