Humanity is force. This is what vegetarians, often, want to forget. It is no coincidence that Adolf Hitler was a fanatical vegetarian, at the cost of his health (too much pea soup, I am not kidding). Hitler was out to project a sensitive image of himself. Thus the Nazis passed laws against cruelty to animals, and instituted a policy of strict protection of nature.\nWhen the Public goes together to form a republic, a Public Thing, force is what is made around, just as in a baboon troop.\nForgetting force is forgetting the Republic. Marcus Aurelius, chosen future emperor when he was just 17, outright taught stoic philosophy (some thought it was conduct unbecoming an emperor).\nHowever, Marcus Aurelius went over the Dark Side when he forgot that’s;\nStoicism without force is only ruin of the Republic.\nThis has always been true, and is truer now than ever before, because, now, it’s not just a matter of nations, religions and civilizations going down in flames. It’s a matter of the biosphere going down.\nIt will take some getting used to: the drought in California in 2014 was the greatest in at least 1,200 years. The latest modelling is much worse.