Wednesday, December 21, 2005

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this blog is coming back, and this is the 2nd posting I'm making in a night.

reinhold niebuhr is an american theologian. he is the one who said, "God give me the serenity to accept the things i cannot change, the courage to change the things i can, & the wisdom to noe the difference." but he also made a very insightful point about how individual benevolence is often subverted by collective imperfections.

Many people question the theory that after the first man sinned, sin came into the world, therefore society as a whole is flawed. but while people can argue that many individuals show magnanimity, charitability, goodness, etc, they concede that man also has to contend with selfishness, egotism and corruption. A person may be able to overcome negative inclinations, but when these are projected upon the macro level, they erupt and depict the fallen world as a whole. If u ask a farmer in America whether he would donate to the poor in Africa, I am sure he would. But as a collective, they have to consider their rights and interests, or at least take them into consideration. Result? The Doha Round fails to lead to rich countries opening their markets freely for developing countries to import, because they need to protect their agricultural interests.


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