We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
God told Isaiah that the people to whom he was sent would hear but not understand and see but not perceive. Not much had changed in the intervening centuries until Christ's ministry. Not much has changed in the two millennia since.
Ditto to the previous comment. Human nature just doesn't change much despite the opinion of those who see mankind on an ever onward and upward trajectory. Self perfection comes to individuals if it comes at all.
And thank you again BD for the biblical quotation. It's refreshing and instructive.