Matthew 26-52

[ 17/June/22 “And Jesus said unto Peter, Put down your sword and and pick up an AR-15, for it has vastly superior firepower.”]

{King James version -}”Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword” reads more to me something like “you need to have your weapons, but they are to be used only in the most dire of needs. Resorting to swords early in any conflict means a lot of people die needlessly”.

And I get it was a joke, and at the same time it is a deep lesson that strategists in every nation, every army and in every economic institution need to understand.

Looked at not from a biblical perspective, but from the perspective of someone interested in maximising both security and freedom from an evolutionary strategic perspective, the message is essentially the same – any form of competition that is not firmly built on a cooperative base is necessarily destructive of both security and liberty. And any form of liberty without appropriate levels of responsibility is similarly necessarily destructive.

Every human is more complex than any human can possibly understand in detail (that is proven beyond any shadow of reasonable doubt), thus we must all, of necessity, make simplifications; but over simplifying anything to do with people necessarily leads to failure.

The only path with any reasonable probability of survival is one where all individuals practice responsibility, to the best of our limited and fallible abilities – and we are all, necessarily, going to make mistakes from time to time. The first necessary step in cleaning up after making a mistake is admitted that a mistake has been made – and that is hard for everyone, and very hard for some. And in order to clean stuff up, you need to be alive.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see
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