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Phenomena of National Character - History Tells How - Not Why

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Mar 28, 2022 at 18:37

The Dr.s' excellent dissertation here is one of the more compelling overviews of a complex topic that this reader has perused in quite a long time, even in this forum; and much can be gleaned as to how views of history can be misguided in its examination of cause and effect in the manipulations of mankind's attempts to navigate the eons of families, tribes, formative communities, city states and empires; and how all of it, while many evidences point to one variation or another, does not reveal a very basic flaw of human nature; the propensity for self-destruction. Survival, or self preservation; how is that explained when in the current context, how is the threat of nuclear destruction ameliorated when the very threat of having such means availalbe is tolerated for the sake of envy towards one national entity versus another? Anyone?

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