It is essential and probably inevitable that humans must consider themselves first in their development of a relationship with other people and the world. Some people as they reach adulthood begin to consider their responsibilities to others, and with modern media being available the ideas of the great philosophers such as David Hume and Adam Smith percolate through society and into their consciousness if not their behavior. That responsibility can and should permeate our democratic processes for bringing fully mature and caring people into positions of political power. After all, their responsibility is to the public and not to themselves. And yet we rarely see those virtues displayed in our public officials. About as close as we do see is the politicians doing what they can to be seen by voters as representing their voting constituency. That perpetuates the short-sighted response to problems after those problems have already become so odious that more than fifty percent of the populace feels it is suffering. The system is designed for pure self-serving selfishness at every level.
A person who lives by Love Your Life rule #134 “Work with the fixed past and the future inevitables.” need only see how the democratic process works and invest ahead of the wave of inevitable behavior and suffering because of the public’s aggregate short-sighted view. The question arises, “Is it immoral to take advantage of the inevitable foolish behavior of people?” I find odious the operation of gambling casinos because they are intentionally taking advantage of foolish behavior. But almost any occupation has an aspect that at some level seems to be taking advantage of people’s weaknesses. Cigarette and candy companies are examples of people purveying products that are linked to ill-health. By rule #134 that is the way the past worked and it appears inevitable that it will continue into the foreseeable future.
Given the probability that humanity will continue to operate on into the future the way it has in the past, “What is the kindest thing we could do for humanity?” Does pointing out what I just wrote above empower the public to correct their behavior or the opposite, does it empower those people who choose to prey upon human weakness?
Obviously, that idea potentially benefits both groups if the people of each group read and understood the idea. Without a doubt, the influence upon each group is minuscule.
The fools will continue to be fools and the predators will continue to prey.