Lou: Changing 'human nature', whatever that may be, is not necessary - but changing human behaviour is the objective. & it seems doable - over time & with much determination. I think of smoking which has been greatly reduced over the last 20 yrs. Also - capital punishment - over the last 50-100 years most civilized nations have given it up. Slavery - over the last few 100 years virtually eliminated in the whole world.
Although the politicians & much of the populace are in the NRA's pocket, I would surmise that if the Madison Ave folk were to get on board then over a number of years the American love affair with guns & the "be afraid, be very afraid" mantras would gradually diminish.
On 12/16/2012 12:27 PM, Louis Talman wrote: > On Sat, 15 Dec 2012 18:42:15 -0700, GS Chandy <firstname.lastname@example.org> > wrote: > >> [Why not work towards creating a world that is generally law-abiding >> instead of generally lawless, which seems to be the case today. Ah >> yes, would that be considered to be 'social engineering' by some?] > > Aspiring to such a world is admirable. > > Working toward such a world might even be thought saintly. > > Believing that such a world can come to be is, quite simply, naiveté. > > No schema for society that is based upon a change in human nature can > ever be successful. > > - --Lou Talman > > Department of Mathematical & Computer Sciences > Metropolitan State University of Denver > <http://rowdy.msudenver.edu/~talmanl>