The need is not really for more brains, the need is now for a gentler, a more tolerant people than those who won for us against the ice, the tiger, and the bear. The hand that hefted the ax, out of some old blind allegiance to the past, fondles the machine gun as lovingly.
It is a habit man will have to break to survive, but the roots go very deep.
That's still a work in progress.
Sadly, that just the kind of pacifist nonsense that perpetuates the twaddle that a "kinder and gentler world" is achievable if we just
manage to break that nasty
You want to break it in yourself? Get a lobotomy.
As for me, I'll hold on to the same skill set that allowed my forebears to maintain our family’s presence in the gene pool.
People who write nonsense like that believe they are ensconced in the same mythical safety those students were. I think I'm going to change my tag line to emphasize the point.
"Evil is inevitable, unpredictable and thus, unpreventable"™
Knowing that and being mentally prepared to respond when it happens is a better formula for a "peaceful" life.
I've got some saying.
"Only the dead know peace"
"Only dead fish swim with the current"
"People who beat their swords into plowshares often find themselves working for the people who kept their swords"
(That's a paraphrased quote by Robert A. Heinlein, I don't seem to have my Lazarus Long book in it's normal place in my bookcase, Selma'll correct me if I mis-remembered)
Actually, all three are more apt than Ms. Eisely's