|12-11-2011, 03:01 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2011
Does human nature truly exist?
I don't believe anything is truly universal in human beings, not even our elemental traits.
Not everybody can abstract (retarded and autistic people cannot). Not everybody has bipedal locomotion, or can use complex language to communicate ideas.
As for temperaments, well I always thought that the term from Star Trek "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations" best describes us. There is no "normal" within us.
So, how can human nature exist?
|12-11-2011, 03:11 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Michael Jackson says it does.
"If they say, why, why? Tell 'em that is human nature
Why, why does he do me that way?
If they say, why, why? Tell 'em that is human nature
Why, why does he do me that way?"
Laugh a little, reekah. It's okay...
|12-11-2011, 03:34 AM||#3 (permalink)|
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|12-11-2011, 03:44 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2011
I assume by "human nature" you are referring to "those traits of a human that doesn't change from one human to another human."
Well I can think of a few:
- Almost everyone wants to or wanted to have sex, at one point or another.
- Almost everyone have fears or have experienced fear
- Almost everyone, during their younger days wanted affection, although what is affectionate differs from one individual to another
- Almost everyone hates or have hated someone who violated their values
- Almost everyone have strengths and weaknesses, inevitably causing them to be unable to stay away from other humans
- Almost everyone (can we say everyone?) have tastes and preferences
- Almost everyone can think about something
Last edited by Rimuel; 12-11-2011 at 03:46 AM.
|12-11-2011, 04:20 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Human nature is a generic term that really has little meaning when you disassemble people into reactive and non-reactive intentions. Is it human nature to be greedy (the fundamental intention behind commerce)? Is it human nature to believe (the fundamental force behind religion)? Is it human nature to have contempt for others (the fundamental force behind inequality)? The answer to these and a myriad of others is categorically no because these are all reactive components of the 'modern' human. resolve all the reactive elements in a person and they no longer have any human nature traits, and we can all live in peace etc. It really is that simple.
I'd pose a more interesting question: What is the human nature of an enlightened individual?
Some best guess answers:
Peaceful and unreactive, regardless of influence or external force
Immune to commercial stupefaction
Not prone to habitual behavior
Not prone to addiction
Not prone to sexual misadventures
Shares unconditional love for and with others, no matter what
Inclusive without exception
Has no need for reciprocation, exchange and leveraging of value (the mechanism of money)
Physically healthy- the mind controls the body and the present epidemics of obesity, diabetes, cancers etc are largely caused by our reactive programming (environmental hazards excepting)
Thats what I want.
|12-12-2011, 06:05 AM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Florida USA
Not all ‘people’ need to have all features in common to be ‘human’. Human nature is a superset of features of which only many are required to qualify.
And yes, at some point, with enough traits removed, a being is no longer human.
|12-12-2011, 05:48 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Zionsville PA
Last edited by raykilleen; 12-12-2011 at 05:50 PM.
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