>I get the impression that you (Tim, Dave, and Eric) have resigned
>yourselves to the fact that you must act out your genetic programming.
I think your impressions are misleading. I wouldn't characterize the question so much as one of programming (genetic or otherwise), as much as recognizing and understanding to the limitations the medium we are embedded within.
And as far as resignation to it goes, I'd say that mine falls in the same catagory as that exihbited in this quote from Howard Bloom, which you also include:
>Hegel said the ultimate tragedy is not the struggle of an easily
>recognized good against a clearly loathsome evil. Tragedy, he said, is the
>battle between two forces, both of which are good, a battle in which only
>one can win. Nature has woven that struggle into the superorganism.
>Superorganism, ideas, and the pecking order--these are the primary forces
>behind much of human creativity and earthly good.