If you could point to a group that consistently acted in the interests of others, putting aside their personal agenda for the good of Mankind, I might agree with you that we know what's good for us. But the fact is that no matter how superficially altruistic we might be, ultimately we act in our own selfish interests. We even sabotage what would be better to maintain control over what is good for us. A compelling example is tacking riders onto legislation. Some of these tag-alongs are fairly benign, but the way the political process operates, one hand has to wash another. Sometimes the rider is of such narrow benefit to a small group and has nothing to do with the specific bill being drafted that it's obviously a pay-off for a key vote. Why can we not avoid this kind of practice? Because people are inherently selfish. Of course, this behavior falls on a continuum, with people like Bernie Madoff on one end and Mother Theresa or someone like her nearer the other end, if you buy into the idea that she was pretty self-sacrificing. You can supply your own example. Mother Theresa was able to access the best available health care, when the people she was serving in India had no such access. Was that selfish of her? You judge. But in any case, nobody abandons completely their own sense of what's best for them, even when, on occasion, someone else must suffer as the result. Being better educated is not the remedy. Being affluent is not the remedy. Saying that you're a Christian or a Moslem or a Buddhist is not the remedy. But if you and I lived what Christ taught, it would be vastly different. We surely don't. I don't claim to and I don't think you do. No other path can make the claim. Not Buddhism, not Hinduism, not Islam. I refrain from saying that Judaism cannot because I think Jews living what the OT says would be able to foot the bill. Joseph ( not the husband of Mary ) is an example of what I'm suggesting.