I find the Conversion Bureau to be an incredibly naive piece of work. I’m afraid to read any of their stories for fear my brain will hurt trying to “Get it”.
Basic Assumptions It, and other stories like it make go more or less as follows (Or so I hear):
-> Humans are jerks. (Debatable.)
-> Humans are Violent. (Mostly False. See Post Traumatic Stress.)
-> Humans think only of themselves. (False. Like any other being, their actual biggest concerns is for their Children. We wouldn’t last long as a species if it wasn’t.)
-> Humans are ugly. (Subjective)
-> Humans are inept. (… How does one even respond to that?)
-> Some other Smart being could do better.
To the last point, I’m in the position where I can’t say one way or the other unless we’re talking about them having grown up in our place…
Assume that we had more or less our race’s starting conditions, and more or less our world, except for the fact that instead of humans, it was ponies. How would the difference go?
The chances of doing well are about the same in most terms. The Emerging intelligence of the species is likely to develop at the same speed, probably in the same order. They would make roughly the same mistakes humans would. No statistical difference in other words.
The fact that things are better in Equestria only shows that their world Demanded them to be united quickly rather than slowly. As just about everything but other ponies were trying to kill them. And in some cases, other pones were trying to kill them too in a few rare cases. So a single unified kingdom was required for them to merely survive. As wild untamed beasts could come and tear everything apart if they didn’t.
Humans on earth on the other hand… Well… We’re practically top of the food chain, so we only need a few people together in a group to work. Our biggest threat is each-other and Natural Disasters. Under these circumstances, coming together quick would be impossible. Mainly because people would/were more worried about each other than a predator. And considering how hard it is for the Police to watch over everyone… You get the picture.
And this brings us all back to the point of “If everyone and everything had no aggression against each other, we’d all be better off.” It’s hard to argue against that, but it’s definitely possible… if one considers the fact that there is nothing perfect enough in this world to allow that be virtue of genetic, sociological and psychological failures in an imperfect process of evolution alone.. Not perfectly anyways, and more importantly, so long as some aggression exists in some being, counter aggression becomes more or less the only option to deal with it.
I’m not sure where I’m going with the rest of this, I’m too tired right now… But those are my words on the Conversion Bureau’s “Logic”.