Well I don’t expect change to occur according to some nice ideals I believed as a kid. You’re right – it’s a feature, not a bug. Still, I’m thinking in terms of societal attitudes rather than the behaviors of states in a game of win/lose/king-of-the-hill….
If a large amount of people believe and behave with somewhat humanistic ideals (ideals once called Christian ideals or rational ideals – be nice, play fair [I’m not speaking of the Humanism movement in particular] – even *IF* the states continued to play wargames, life for _the people_ could be more pleasant in our day-to-day interactions.
I’m agnostic when it comes to the State, as I’m not really big on politics, but more on individualism and community development. The “State As A Person” (much like Corporate Personhood) to me, is a Fiction that’s fun to talk about… but real people, real individuals, are really here, doing what real people really do.
I just realized, for someone who claims he (me) doesn’t like politics, I SOUND LIKE A POLITICIAN!
“real people, real individuals, are really here, doing what real people really do.”
If that doesn’t sound like political-talk, I don’t know what does. The scary thing is, I believe it.