But where is wisdom and understanding to be found about the true nature of mankind? Can you bank on a mortal, sovereign, free-spirited and fallible man to secure the kind of outcomes you seek for yourself?
The history of human civilization is pregnant with examples of why it is not wise to bank on another person in relation to the choices and actions you have the obligation to make in your self-interest.
Mr. Thomas Jefferson was alive to the dangers of banking on another man when he wrote to Mr. Jean Nicholas Demeunier on 24 January 1786 as follows:
“What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment and death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment, be deaf to all those motives whose powers supported him through his trial, and inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.”
This is profound. You are urged to read the above and arrive at your own conclusions whether the words are not wise and profound.