You should always aim for the Ideal even if you fail the journey helps the human condition.
But in people, Stephen, what are their idealisms' causes and how long do their idealisms last?
The idealism of my early years have of course waned somewhat, I find that in the Autumn of my life I fight against things rather than for things. I think this maybe because of the upsurge of the right in my country and around the world and their attack on many of the things I hold dear.
Are humans destined for warlike behaviour?
In a word Chris. "No"
It basically boils down to this Hierarchical Structured Societies tend to be more warlike than what Horizontally Structured Societies are.
Due to the inbuilt inequalities in the hierarchal society the individual loses their own sense of power over their life which creates an internal anger that when the conditions present themselves to the individual that causes them to override their self control and explode in a fit of violence.
Governments and societies have always been hiearchical. Here in the U.S. most people consider themselves to be part of the (long gone) middle class.
The following is something American Republicans 'in the middle class' should know.
Makes me wonder how multiple generations of tramatic life plays out.
It appears to me that trauma begets trauma - i/e. that it's passed on through generations.
That isn't idealistic. Grims fairy tails reflect reality more than Disney characters.
Very cynical idea of why idealism exists. People are idealists because they hate injustice and want to improve the world for the better.
1) idealists say realism is cynical, and
2) cynics say realism is idealistic.
Why is that?