I think it is important to note here that the answer Europe codified came after many centuries of internecine war. There was no such thing as ‘Europe’ in the sense we know today until WW2 demonstrated with ghastly finality the self-inflicted genocide of modern warfare to a large population who suffered its effects. By fits and starts, then, Europe began joining and solidifying the belief that the purpose of a society is to support human development and actualization and creating the political, economic and social structures to do exactly that. It may be that Americans, as a people, never come to that crossroads of realization and action except by the same route.

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