One Primate’s Philosophy of Life at 65

Diversity of opinion, beliefs and behavior is rooted in instinct diversity, intellectual capacity, the language(s) we speak, the religions and ideologies we are born into, our family of origin and birth order, gender, differing and competing social norms, all these things make us different from one another.

“Celebrating Diversity” is an excellent virtue, but social groups will continue to resist tolerating murderers and rapists. How we deal with murderers and rapists will vary. Always has, always will.

Our task as individual primates is to figure out where we fit in.

Our diverse instinct packages, our large brains, and our relative lack of hair were factors in the survival of our species. They will continue to do so long after you and I are dead.

About Ron Goetz

My first wife used to say, "There's nothing so sacred that Ron won't pick it apart." My desire to be a pastor -- that was a temperamental mismatch. She was so patient. If my birth mother had lived somewhere else, maybe I would've become a cold case detective. But I would have had to be J instead of a P, I think. And that mid-life reevaluation, starting adolescence as a GARB fundamentalist and transitioning to a non-theist, that gave me an unusual skill set.
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