Human Nature Being What It Is
August 13, 2008 11:05am CST
Have you heard this expression before? I have and I also have used it a lot of times to explain certain behavior or reactions of some people to certain events and activities. More often than not, it is used as a sort of explanation as to why someone reacted in a not so nice way to something. I noticed that more often than not it is used to imply that because of our human nature we sometimes act in such a manner that is actually not suppose to be humane whatsoever. How do you understand the phrase? Do you think that it implies something that is not positive about human nature, that it implies that we act unfairly or maliciously or engage in intrigue which is excusable because we are but human? Inputs anyone?
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13 Aug 08
I am sure the result of some happenings is direct result of our natural instinct to do certain things. But we are also supposed to be civilized to a point and use a certain amount of self-control to stop ourselves from unacceptable behavior. I have heard this all my life from violent family members. I am a man..men are more violent, men are more aggressive, blah, blah, blah. I am sorry, but there is such a thing as self-control. If a person doesn't have it, then they should investigate how they may acquire it. Yes, some maybe more aggressive or violent. That is still no excuse to me. There is help out there to overcome.
14 Aug 08
what you are saying is that human nature is not a an excuse for certain unsavory behavior and reactions because while we have some basic human instincts, these would also include te instinct of self control. i hope ai got that right. Yes indeed, while in the past duing the early age of civilization human nature could justify the violent reacions ofm people, in these modern times, people should havelearned to control their animal nsincts and not use it as n excuse to act like uneducated people. Of course, when the phrase is used nowadays, it is usually referring to certain characteristics which indicate baser instincts of men such as envy,selfishness, greed,etc.
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14 Aug 08
Human Nature can be categorised to two (1) Actual human Nature (2) Blaming on Human Nature The first 1 - is when nature takes its place , whereby we cant stop ourself when we feel like going to toilet, to sneeze, to blink our eyes The Second 2 - is blaming it on the HUMAN NATURE it is just an escuse for us to do something that is improper .. For a husband to look at another women is categorised as human nature of the manhood ..
14 Aug 08
My dear the first is actual bodily functions which i am not referring to. It is the second king but more on the selfishness, envy, jealousy greed which motivate people to do something against a fellowman. Sometimes it is really because it is the nature of the person to be so but in these times, people cannot just hide behind human nature since we are suppose to be able to control our basic instincts.Not everyone is selfish or envious or will pull down another to prevent his progress so it really cannot be said that such actuations are part of human nature. maybe it is the nature onl;y of whoever indulges in such bad actuations or characteristics.