Experience can be overrated in that we sometimes (often – perhaps even usually) lack the ability to step outside of ourselves to guage in the larger scheme.

Experience can be overrated in that we sometimes (often – perhaps even usually) lack the ability to step outside of ourselves to guage in the larger scheme.

That’s where other people help – and yes written guidelines can help, standards, etc – fiction can be useful as well. All various templates and tools to assist in interpreting experience, which is sometimes enough alone but more often needs the assistance of interpretations

For example, I’m a big believer in unschooling, natural learning, etc.

and yet – for a functional society, can it be useful to have minimal educational standards? I can’t deny that yes, it can.
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Yes, we have much greater capabilities than animals. It’s like my attitude towards food: We’re omnivores. This makes being vegan or a carnivore or most any choice “relatively ok”. Mind you, there are better and worse choices, and some affect your lifespan, quality of life, etc. But we’re still capable of it.

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animals are a kind of child selves of us. We don’t fit in the same shoes we did when we were 5.
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When someone says: “Oh look that dog is acting human!” I say “No, when we humans do that, we’re acting like dog”.

I get annoyed looks but I say it
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A lot of anthropomorphism (I believe – I’ll add that if it helps) – is actually recognizing traits that exist in the lower species already that we adopted but we take credit for it as if they don’t have it.

Not universally so, but I believe a lot more than we want to believe.

It’s logical. Symbiote in woman. State says “I want that symbiote!” but they can’t have it because it’s in the woman and if they remove it, it will cease to be.

But once it’s medically viable to grab it, the State can do so.

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