True Nature of Man

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An essay questioning and depicting the morals/nature of mankind from multiple standpoints. For the deep thinker.

Submitted: November 03, 2010

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True Nature of Man
An essay questioning and depicting the morals/nature of mankind from multiple standpoints
By Greg Simmons

Humans are by far the most complex species on Earth. We have emotion, knowledge, diversity between one another, and the ability to know and choose from right or wrong. But man’s nature goes deeper than that. It is what we do and how we think every day that makes us unique. Our decisions make our nature.
In the battle of Good vs. Evil, man stands undecided and unpredictable. Many people will choose the “Good” path. Others will choose the “Evil” path. But who is to judge whether or not something is “Good” or “Evil”? Do we not all have separate views from everyone else? Is somebody wrong because they have a different opinion than you, or that they disagree with you? That is the big question. For example, someone was caught breaking into a house and stealing money; they should be arrested and put in jail. Right? But what if that person had a dying family member and no more money to pay medical bills? Should that person be set free? Some might say yes, others will say no.
Or maybe we can consider a multiple view standpoint. Suppose a person is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Should that murderer die a slow, painful death (the same death he caused to someone), or does he deserve a quick injection to get it over with? Now, what if that murderer killed someone in an effort to save his own family. Does he even deserve to die, killing a person to save ones he loved? It is these decisions that separate us from one another.
Humans are naturally evil. There is no doubt about that. We may even have good intentions, but when it comes to every man for himself, man will ultimately choose himself over others. In a world without order, without law, what will happen to humanity? We will become savages. People will not care if they take someone else’s life, as long as they save their own. Because “me” is what matters most. What if someone capitalizes on other people. They will make people do what they want, in order to gain something without risking anything themselves. This is evil at its finest. To control another soul is the most ultimate power any one man can have. But humanity will fight each other for authority, for that is our nature.
Knowledge is the most powerful and unique trait we humans possess. No other living thing on Earth is as smart as we are. But there are variations in knowledge in humanity. But who is the arbiter of who is “smart” and who is dumb”? For example, we read in our history books that man, over 2000 years ago, was basically intelligent, yet stupid. He is stupid because he does not possess the knowledge we have now. But what will a future generation 2000 years from now think of us? They will think that we were intelligent for our time, yet blind to the obvious facts that were hiding right under our nose. Now, take a more modern example. It is obvious: if you were a genius, you go down in history as one who changed the world, such as Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Napoleon, the list goes on.
But many of the world’s unknown genius’s are forgotten. For sure, there was at least one person back then that had the brains of some of the smartest people who went down in history. Suppose this person was a military general, and devised an ingenious plan to trap the enemy. They won that intelligently planned battle, but lost the war. And the victors write history. So no one knows about that smart person, because he is chosen to be forgotten.
Failure is a great portion of humanity. And so is success. Man will drive for success; some accomplish it, others don’t. Failure is guaranteed in everyone’s lifetime. You will fail at something in some point in your life, for that is human. Many learn from their failures, and then capitalize on that to achieve success. But many of the people that fail give up entirely. Everyone has a choice; you can choose to fail and learn, or you can choose to fail and quit. But success will drive us on; the feeling of being successful and accomplished makes us feel good inside. Sometimes, we will try to attain success in any way possible, many times not caring who is in our way, because the sensation of triumph is strong inside us.
Another one of man’s quirks is emotion. We are all living, breathing souls in need of comfort and loving acceptance. We thrive for affection. Humans can show powerful emotion, unlike many species. That is one of the things that make us special. But this need for emotion, the internal urge for care from another human being, is strange. Love can be a strong, unbreakable bond, although it is hard to describe “love”, because “love” is not tangible. And sadness. All of us know sadness; sadness can be hidden, but it can also be shown, in a grand display of tears. Crying lets out a deep feeling of emotion, and that is why it is important to our human makeup. If we cannot express our emotions, then we would not be human, would not be different than the next group of animals. Another powerful emotion is anger. Anger can come quick and leave as soon as it came. It can build up over time, making us a bottle ready to explode at the slightest inconvenience. With anger comes hate, and hate to humans is what milk is to Oreos. They go hand in hand.
Diversity is another one of man’s unique characteristics. We are all human, yet we are all different, whether it is the clothes we wear, the way we speak, or the foods we eat. “I’m right your wrong… right?” Incorrect. If you think someone who is different than you is crazy or stupid, what must that person think of you? They will think the exact same, surely. It is the differences between you and I that make us as humans diverse; without it, we are all the same, boring people that look at life the same way as everyone else. That is why diversity must be abundant - people must look at life in different ways for life to be fully appreciated and understood, because you cannot take in all that life has to offer from only one viewpoint.
There are a wide variety of religions in the world today. Many of these religions are a mixture of beliefs grabbed from other religions, or beliefs that have been in the world for an extended amount of time. Religious criticism is a major attribute to us. Basically, we are saying “Your religion is not right.” or “Join my religion; the one you are in now is against mine, or is completely wrong, and you have no clue.” That is one of mankind’s stupidest faults. Who are we to be the judge of what religion is right and what is wrong? They believe in that religion, because obviously, they chose that belief. Who are we, people as foreigners to their religion, to come to them and try to convert them to our religion, knowing that they have a strong belief in their own? Clearly, they believe whatever religion they are in, that is why they choose to have faith in that religion. If you disagree with this concept, take in this example. What if a recruiter or missionary from a different religion came up to you and tried to convert you? Would you be offended? Probably. You shouldn’t be, because you did the same to them. Or another example: take into mind the atheists. They choose not to believe in God or any deities. That is their decision. Who are we, as different people all with different views, to judge them? For it is human’s nature to be critical of other standpoints.
Impoverishment is present throughout the world today, and has been in history. Suppose you see a homeless man on the street as you drive through a city. He has no home, no family, no food, and no one to share his emotions with. He is generally rejected in society, and ignored by the passing cars on the street. But, at one point, this man could have been at the top of his world, a boss at some successful company. One mistake, one small failure, put him on the street. When you stop at a red-light and you see him, you see the vestige of a man who once had it all. As the light turns green, you drive off. We, as humans, are repelled at the idea of helping a man who is lower than we are on the society food chain. But, we as humans are all different. Some people choose help the lower individuals, because it fills a small spot in their heart, some missing emotion that they feel must be satisfied.
Arguments are bound to happen at one point in time, for that is human nature. Disagreements between us are expected, for we do not all agree on the same point of view. If we see that something somebody is doing is wrong in our eyes, then we will speak out against those actions. Many times we will offer our own suggestions and expect them to go along with them. This is also another blemish of human nature. For example: if we, as a group of people, or even as a country, see that the way another country’s treatment of people is wrong, we do not deserve the right to invade their territory just because we, as a group, are more powerful. If things worked that way, then there is no right or wrong. The world would work as if whoever is more powerful makes the rules, and that is unjust.
And it is these decisions that make us different, that spread us apart from one another. Everyone has a choice. Everyone has their own morals. What is yours?



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