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Flexible Humans, Rigid Societies

The human’s essential nature is one of flexibility, but all present and past societies, even though they have been constructed by humans, have been essentially rigid.

The individual rational human can survive well and flexibly even within the existing rigidities of society. The more rational and flexible she or he becomes, the better she or he will survive.

The requirement for good survival in this rigid society is precisely rational thinking as we define rational thinking—that is, the calculation of brand new, exactly accurate responses to all new situations.

Harvey Jackins
From pages 87 and 98 of The Human Situation

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