On the question of whether people are born good or evil, the answer is, “competent”. Man—the species—is born competently equipped for his survival. To be “born good” therefore refers not to man, but to his environment, namely to be born in an abundant environment in which there is room for growth. To be “born bad” means to be born in a restrictive environment in which the survival of one comes at anothers’ expense.
Things that grow never become more equal, only less equal. Since the inception of the universe, stars did not come to resemble each other more over time, but less. From its birth, an organism’s organs don’t converge in form and function, but diverge. As people age, their individual resumes end up differing more from one another, not less. Since the beginning of history, human culture and identity did not become more of the same, but less of the same—at least not until recently, when globalized ‘modernity’ reversed this process of socio-cultural differentiation.
“What is the meaning of life?” That question is wrong because life doesn’t have meaning. Life is meaning. Moreover, a meaning in life isn’t something you claim for yourself, but that which you grant others. Life grants the universe its meaning. We create meaning by making room for meaning. Meaning fights a counter force it must push away—a counter-meaning. Life is that pushing force.
We say migration is of all times, but for the past two millennia, mass migrations to Europe ended in battles the newcomers lost. “We’re all immigrants”, they say, most of us do not descent from illegal immigrants nor from immigrants drawn to luxury lifestyles. Europe’s early settlers in South Africa, North America, Australia and New Zealand arrived in savage lands and had to build their societies up from the ground.