Re: "the species' immune system"

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Tue Oct 03 2000 - 19:42:24 MDT

Ross A. Finlayson writes,

> Perhaps the reason some will fight is that they follow orders.

Perhaps the reason we don't draft females is that we know they won't follow

> So, in terms of the immune system analogy, that can be applied in various ways
> the species as a whole as well as to any subgroup, whether a state or nation.

Yes, that was (presumably) the intent of the original comment.

> I think we are doing better as a species in terms of avoiding war. It is
> recognized that war is too expensive, and that it ruins things.

Right on. With the advent of nuclear weapons, people have come to respect war
much more than they did when it was something to view while having a picnic on
the hill.

> I hope this is not too self-centric, I don't speak for any but myself, heh,
> those that agree.

In that respect, I think you conform to the profile of nine-tenths of humanity.

--J. R.

"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the
world with fools." Herbert Spencer

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