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Tribal life is not perfect, idyllic, noble, or wonderful, but wherever it's found intact, it's found to be working well--as well as the life of lizards, racoons, geese, or beetles--with the result that the members of the tribe are not generally enraged, rebellious, desperate, stressed-out borderline psychotics being torn apart by crime, hatred, and violence.

Beyond Civilization

Ishmael thought for a moment, then took a branch from the pile at his right, held it up for me to see, then let it fall to the floor. AThat's the effect Newton was trying to explain." He waved a hand toward the world outside. AThat's the effect I'm trying to explain. Looking out there, you see a world full of species that, environmental conditions permitting, are going to go on living indefinitely."

"Yes, that's what I assume. But why does it need explaining?"

Ishmael selected another branch from his pile, held it up, and let it fall to the floor. AWhy does that need explaining?"

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