* On the collective level, there is no escaping the consequences of our decisions and actions, or those made in our name. Intentions make little difference here. We will forever be haunted by our past.
* We are better off seeking justice than revenge, but the dynamics of human relations are geared primarily towards facilitating the latter alternative.
* On the collective level, we learn primarily by repetition and mimicry, not deduction, which is why history repeats itself. Progress, both moral and scientific, relies mostly on the intuitive leaps made by some individuals, but more often promoted and popularized by other individuals.