>>257166>Each and every person on this planet is an individual, and they can make their own choices. I will not stand here and have some statistical bullshit soup poured on me by someone who just thinks all people are uncaring robots that mindlessly do whatever it is you think they do without waver.>Every single person you ever meet in your life is a person with a past, a history and a motivation, and no two are exactly the same. So don't try to clump everyone together under your sadness umbrella.
LEVELS OF NON-ARGUMENT NEVER BEFORE SEEN!
What, is any attempt I make at a truth statement here expected to capitulate to your value statements?
Economists and sociologists don't care any more about your free will than I do. If you want to motivate yourself subjectively, great, you can think like your free will is meaningful, but when trying to analyze and predict human behavior, determinism is the only assumption that works, and even if you ignore greater trends of this behavior, they will affect you no matter what, so you're better off at least TRYING to form some kind of rough hypothesis than flying totally blind.
Truth does not care about your values. Free will is some function of human environment and human genetics; to deny that these variables have any impact, or that they could ever have predictive power, is folly. Forewarned is forearmed. Whether or not you believe in free will will not change the consequences of what other people's actions do to you, or the consequences of failing to think ahead and try to predict what they'll do to you next.>>257167>Also, you ever find it weird how even though all humans are apparently selfish, mean and uncaring about each other, all the movies, stories and books we make always have the good people win and the bad people lose.>There's always a hero, there's a villain, and people in general always cheer on the hero. Funny they would do that, since the hero is the one that would stop them from being selfish and being able to take anything they can.
While I'm trying to describe consequence, you're appealing to consequence to claim a moral value is naturally enforced. I'd argue that most superhero films blindly glorify status quo warriors while showing villains that have far more sympathetic goals then the heroes', even letting you hear out their arguments, but never giving them any acknowledgement but "Nah bruh, up yours, I'm Tony Stark and Imma beat yo ass."
So we could say it's more reflective of what we currently value than any inherent good.
>Except history has shown the opposite. Do you know why? Because the people who fight for the freedom and the common good are willing to risk everything to protect it. The same can't be said for a dictator who's army is fighting under threat of punishment if they don't.
UAVs don't care about your freedom, and robots don't care about collective laborer bargaining.
The upper class will automate everything, the obsolete lower will be exterminated, and history will end.
Power is undying.
>Greed and selfishness are short-term victories, but they will not sustain you long-term. They never have and they never will.
But greed and selfishness aren't what caused the most powerful people to accrue enough wealth to operate independent of society? Surely you have to acknowledge that being self-interested - when it DOESN'T overthrow self-interested cooperation enough to be a problem - confers some advantage in outcompeting the rest?
Seriously, I know you're just reflexively fusing in value statements with what you think are truth statements when you say little gems like this.