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  1. Understanding Human Nature and Tapping the Best Out Of It

    My friend Fred Gohlke, who has one of the finest of minds, was discussing the means to usher in a system of democracy that is truly ‘government of the people, by the people and for the people’. In relation to “the need to harness human nature by making probity an asset in our electoral processes” he was discussing the question, ‘Where does human nature come from?’

    He rightly stated that "we must understand our nature before we can develop institutions that capitalize on our strengths and control our weaknesses". He went on to surmise the evolution of human nature on lines of the dominant thinking of our times, which is the Darwinian theory of 'survival of the fittest'. He classifies personalities into ‘stronger’ and ‘weaker’ people and goes on to say that the ‘will ...