February 8th, 2011 at 7:11 pm
by Sam Harris, pages 19 & 21, respectively.
“Must we really argue that beneficence, trust, creativity, etc., enjoyed in the context of a prosperous civil society are better than the horrors of civil war endured in a steaming jungle filled with aggressive insects carrying dangerous pathogens?”
Must we? I don’t know.
But aren’t we? Yes.
“It is quite possible for people to traffic in ideas and other cultural products that diminish their well-being for centuries on end.”
Is he referring to the Second Amendment?