An extract from Chapter 12 of the book Transcending Politics:
12. Humans and superhumans
Is it possible to significantly improve politics, over the course of, say, the next dozen years, without first significantly improving human nature?
In this chapter, I’ll look at four different answers to this question:
- We shouldn’t try to improve human nature; that’s the route to hell
- We can have a better politics without any change in human nature
- Improving human nature will turn out to be relatively straightforward; let’s get cracking
- Improving human nature will be difficult but is highly desirable; we need to carefully consider the potential scenarios, with an open mind, and then make our choices.
Angels and demons
We humans are sometimes angelic, yet sometimes diabolic…