212. If something always serves the good functioning of society, is it not because, lying beyond it, there is an enduring truth accessible to the intellect? Inherent in the nature of human beings and society there exist certain basic structures to support our development and survival.
This is part of our God-given qualities as a species, as well as the mark of civilization. We are no longer hunter-gatherers. We no longer live in an environment in which we compete with apex predators. Human beings are the summit of the natural world. Splintering, throwing others of our kind under the bus–this is the mark of some animals and plants. Not evidence for civilization.
Certain requirements thus ensue, and these can be discovered through dialogue, even though, strictly speaking, they are not created by consensus. The fact that certain rules are indispensable for the very life of society is a sign that they are good in and of themselves. There is no need, then, to oppose the interests of society, consensus and the reality of objective truth. These three realities can be harmonized whenever, through dialogue, people are unafraid to get to the heart of an issue.
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