The flaw in all this extremely well thought out process is that we humans don’t control the laws of the universe. We are simply the product of those laws.

The ultimate law of the universe is probability balance, a law that simply states that creation — and what we humans would call good — must always at some point in time be offset by destruction and what we call bad. There is nothing we can do to disturb this inconvenient balancing equation.

A prime example of this balancing equation is the way we humans have been hardwired with the tribal impulse. Its positive purpose is to cause people of like kind to want to work together for the common good. But, however, because of the law of probability balance there must be a negative offset, and that offset shows up as fear and hatred of the “other.”

Yes, those of a special high intellect can for a time rise above the negative component of the tribal offset, but sooner or later the masses must succumb to the offset and ruthless conflict in one form or another will break out just as surely as stars are born and stars will die.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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