"I think we could solve our problems more easily through strength of character; but that's always been a commodity in extremely short supply."
I'm not sure how old this idea is; here is a reference from Aldiss' story.
Larry Niven also talks about this idea in his Known Space stories, but I can't think of any references earlier than 1969.
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