- A proclivity is a human habit or inclination. My personal proclivity is towards metaphysics, spiritualism, physics, grammar, language, elocution, good governance and reversal of global warming.
- The proclivity of another might be to consume methylated spirits and lie in a gutter in a stupor every night. Neither I nor the drunk is right, for we are each living our lives as best we know how to do that. But it does seem to me that our respective environmental and educational circumstances dictate as to how our individual proclivities turn out to be.
- But can we change? Can I become a befuddled alcoholic? Take away my health and my home and my family, maybe “yes”. Can a befuddled alcoholic become an erudite member of society? I think so, for befuddlement is caused by environmental factors such as homelessness, lonesomeness, victimisation and the results of health and educational mismanagement at government levels, and if these mismanagements are reversed in favour of societal inclusivity, mutual toil and nurture, then maybe a more righteous humanist path may rise up.
- And humanism does indeed rise up from disadvantage, for many saints have proven capable of gathering flocks together to form progressive communities out of poverty or imprisonment. To wit, in modern Australia, decedents of prisoners deported from Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries are proud of their heritage from past troubles, for their present proclivities have by dint of circumstance evolved from historical incarceration into modern prosperity through their inclusivity and mutual nurturing eked out of troubling times.
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