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Re: the idea that their behavior is largely out of their hands is unthinkable

That simple sentence explains the human condition as best as possible, IMHO.

Humans, and to a lesser degree some other animals, have a Consciousness that the bulk of other living things simply do not possess. These "non-conscious" living things go about their business on "auto-pilot".

For humans, the need to be in control is what drives us to make us special from all other living things. I don't think about my heartbeat and kidney functions, yet they go on 24/7 without my conscious direction.

Consciousness is the double-edged sword that has humans can not escape without great mental acknowledgements, such as we don't have much control over ourselves.

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