December 25th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
I disagree completely. First off, I question the accuracy of your statistic, it seems more plausible that you made it up then that it is a legitimate number intimating the chances of failure. Secondly I highly doubt that there is any emperical way to test the chances of failure, but I admit that although I know of none, there could still be some.
Secondly, I don't think humans are evil or incapable of anything. Humans, like all living being, are naturaly self-interested and self-preserving, but that doens't mean they we are selfish, or evil. In order to serve another being, you must also look after yourself. It's natural to seek to serve oneself. If you don't exist, you can't serve someone else. You have to look after yourself in order to look after someone else.
Humans aren't selfish by nature, nor are we evil by nature. Humans naturally feel sympathy and empathy towards others. When you see someone suffering, you naturally want to aid or alleviate their suffering. When you see someone with tears rolling down their cheeks, who doesn't feel bad or want to help them out? When you see someone in physical pain, who doesn't at least feel empathy towards their pain? The point is, people feel compassion, sympathy, and empathy towards their fellow human beings. People naturally want to help them out, and want to do good.
If the world is built upon greed, then one must take into account the underlying force and motivation behind that greed - fear, lack of security, and a desire to feel security. Put in other terms - self-preservation. People become greedy in an attempt of self-preservation and an attempt to seek security.
Among many other reasons of far too much detail to delve into in a simple online comment, war results in a conflict of people's attempts at self-preservation.
Not only that, but maintaining a cynical view is maintaing a stance of cowardice. Any fool can look upon the world and become a cynic, but it takes courage to stand up and have the idealism to have hope and try to make the world a better place. Some may call that foolish, but it is better to be a courageous fool than a cynical coward.