14 September, 2022 14:29




      1. Thank you for the clarification, daedal2207. My additional contribution is that, gee, I’m only two years shy of Ben’s wise age. 😉

  1. Only with accurate statistics and good logic can our opinions about social relations correlate positively with reality. If the goal is that of humanity’s greatest ability to thrive and survive, the most efficient use of talent is a key ingredient. Given that forms of talent are not evenly distributed among cultures and/or racial groups, striving for an “equity” of group-compared consequences is inefficient. Less dangerous and more rewarding would be to set aside the biases associated with group-love and instead focus on a process devoted to an equality of rights for each citizen. In service of humanity this approach taps the abilities of all individuals regardless group affiliations.

    1. Forms of talent? Unequal distribution? Assured outcomes? Equal opportunities are not assured outcomes.Why does the odor of replacement beliefs arise from this comment?

    2. Mr. Spenser, are you endorsing/promoting/guaranteeing equal opportunity regardless of ethnicity? That would be quite an enlightened revelation during months of absence. 😉 However, it’s hard to tell in the web of such highfalutin opinion. Speak to the masses … or, are you concerned that we’ll really *understand* you? Replacement fear … LOL!

    3. An addition to my response, Mr. Spencer. I’m not quite there with Benjamin Franklin, but I believe I knew where he was coming from (not the most puritanical of our Founding Fathers!): “In 1761, 55-year-old Benjamin Franklin attended the coronation of King George III and later wrote that he expected the young monarch’s reign would ‘be happy and truly glorious.’ Then, in 1776, he helped to draft and then signed the Declaration of Independence. An 81-year-old man in 1787, he urged his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia to rally behind the new plan of government they had written.

      ‘I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them,’ he said, ‘For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise.’ “

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