Iaian Vernier's Memoir
Chapter 16. The Democratic Life: Criteria
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The conditions for democracy as elaborated below, were in the forefront of the early planners’ thinking. The clouds from the political disaster of the recent past were still a haunting presence. From this debris a new beginning, a new page in human history, had to be constructed. The democratic social and political experiment had to be given another chance to function in an advanced scientific/technological global civilization.
Nature created Homo sapiens sapiens. We humans are an example of the dynamics on our planet that have precipitated constant change and challenge. At every moment in the history of our species we have had to face up to the challenges that nature has thrown at us. This demands that our brain, our intelligence can meet these changes so that our species can survive.
The human species is a complex composite of behaviors experienced and potential. It has created complex civilizations, then alterations ← 103 | 104 →unlimited, disasters, accomplishments. We do not know the limits of human self-innovation in conjunction with nature’s own dynamics. Thus we need every bit of our rational brain power to meet the surprises that our own human nature will throw at us.
In short, without the instinctual guidance that nature has given other forms of life to either meet these changes in nature or most often to fail and become extinct, we have to rely on our brain power, our rationality to look not merely at the consequential events caused by both nature...
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