Opinion

Yuval Harari answers questions from Arianna Huffington and others
Sree Vijaykumar
Sree Vijaykumar
From the Editor's Desk
Humans find it very difficult to know what is real and what is just a fictional story in their own minds, and this causes a lot of disasters, wars and problems. The best test to know whether an entity is real or fictional is the test of suffering. A nation cannot suffer, it cannot feel pain, it cannot feel fear, it has no consciousness. Even if it loses a war, the soldier suffers, the civilians suffer, but the nation cannot suffer. Similarly, a corporation cannot suffer, the pound sterling, when it loses its value, it doesn't suffer. All these things, they're fictions. If people bear in mind this distinction, it could improve the way we treat one another and other animals. It's not such a good idea to cause suffering to real entities in the service of fictional stories. More gems from Yuval Harari here

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