Re: rehabilitation versus punishment in a future society....

From: James Rogers (
Date: Tue Feb 22 2000 - 23:01:05 MST

On Mon, 21 Feb 2000, Spike Jones wrote:
> Who knows what could happen with future societal attitudes? In the
> distant future, people may decide all of us are evil, for we had the
> means to prevent immediate starvation of destitute Africans, for
> instance, and failed to do so. spike

This depends a great deal on your definition of evil. It is arguable
that the extraordinary amount of capital expenditure required to "fix" the
world's poverty issues would actually be a greater evil, diverting capital
from projects with far greater potential for good.

It sucks to be on the trailing edge of a Gaussian curve. But I think it
would be an exercise in futility to try and change the shape of the
curve. One is likely to get much better results if one invests
resources shifting the median.

-James Rogers

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