Conservatives recognize that this is true of human beings too. The human person is not inert, purposeless material to be melded in any which way. Human beings are a certain way by nature, and we cannot militate against that nature without cost. For instance, human beings are social, embodied persons. We cannot isolate them from a sense of place within a community and family without alienation and anomie. As environmental psychology has taught us, we cannot put human beings in soulless and ugly surroundings without also making them sick of body and anxious of mind.

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Michael Cook is the editor of MercatorNet.