Life is a form of mortal combat. Yes, there are times of love and laughter,
and real friends can and do exist. But all that matters ultimately, overall, to
participants in worldly life, is what remains. Sure, you can write a book of laws,
and many may obey them, but, though laws of nature are not greater, they are
more numerous and permissive, and quite possibly there is no human preference
that cannot be found a way around just by thinking. Morality is inherently a
means which some employ primarily to disable their enemies. All religions are
subordinate to this function. Even the principles by which biological evolution
occurs incorporate all laws of nature, not merely the preferences made into law
by human legislatures, and this is one explanation of why it can be perceived as
not always producing the best outcomes, just outcomes valid in terms of what
has actually been effective, including intention and even luck, and so now tell
me exactly in what ways perfection itself is not this. Some of the best outcomes
with which we live human individuals, human laws, arts, philosophies and
religious beliefs
are temporary and hardly anticipatable offshoots of these
pragmatic dynamics, yet even these are valid nonetheless, and we are right to
appreciate them, to be happy they exist and enrich our lives.



Robert Hampton Burt
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