What is Human Nature? - Anton Fernando
To answer the question what is human nature, man has to return to his ancient roots, the jungle, where survival of the fittest was the only rule of the brutal jungle.
Even to this day, there are jungle dwellers in remote parts of the Amazon who live entirely isolated from anything modern, they know only the forest and how to survive within it.
To survive is our basic instinct, from the days of the jungle to now in our modern concrete jungles.
Modern man is far more brutal in his quest for survival than his forest counterpart eons ago.
Modern man has no regard for anything, he only has self-interest as his motive reflected in: Money, Power, Greed, Dominance, Control, Abuse, etc etc.
Forest man lived in harmony within his community, nature, animals, he honored the life around him.
Modern man honors money and power, destroying anything and everything on his way to make a profit.
Today survival means money, if you have no money you will not survive, so everything man does has the ulterior motive to benefit him in someway.
Did you know some 30,000 people die daily in this world because of hunger related illnesses?
That means simply not having this paper called money to feed themselves resulted in death. (Read the book, "Giants" for details on that statistics)
The brutal system of money has conditioned man to become extremely survival oriented.
Selfishness has become our natural/default condition, only very young children are pure without any hint of selfishness but soon they will learn and become totally selfish just like the adults.
So generation after generation the selfishness continues in the name of survival.
Generation after generation man carries within him the intense of fear of survival.
This fear is the root cause why there is so much mistrust that exists in this world today, nobody trust anybody specially when it comes to money and power. History is so full of lessons on that.
Survival fears have turned the modern man into an untrustworthy, merciless beast, who will do anything for his own survival.
That's is human nature today, and it's manifested in subtle ways in every little thing we do.
The big question is: how to remove this intense fear of survival, this quest for survival at any cost, and live in harmony with fellow man, with nature and animals like how our ancient forefathers lived in the forest?
We have to willfully re-condition our human nature to benevolence, this is the responsibility for everyone to change their very own human nature to that of benevolence.
The wonderful thing about being human is we have the ability to learn from our mistakes and correct our ways, even the most evil man can change himself.
I hope someday, when it is asked, what is human nature, there answer will be: benevolence, because we're truly capable of it.
Until then this brutal system of survival we have today will continue, reflecting our own current human nature, its a brutal world.
Anton Fernando / Ottawa, Canada.