History, again

I have small boys, so I try to simplify history for them. I want to help them understand the world they see today. I tell them, people treat each other in two ways. We fight to get things for ourselves. Or we work together to get things for everyone. The first way is the law of the jungle. Might is right. People get what they deserve. This often sounds like deep truth. People respond to it – especially when they’ve already gotten what they want.

Working together is for when we don’t have what we want. We can easily cooperate and defeat the law of the jungle, and most of us draw deep satisfaction from doing so. But it’s tough to keep up, exactly because we’re so successful. We get what we want. Then we start fighting each other again. Because we like it.

That’s all the kids need to know about politics.

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