: Originally posted by Dock6
Instinct is difficult to eradicate and realistically, perhaps it is counter-productive to attempt to eradicate it.
: response originally posted by Chissler. ' So we'll continue to infringe on the rights of the innocent? Because our ignorance is
"difficult" to eradicate. Thanks... but no thanks.
No, not 'ignorance', but 'instinct'.
I sense that you're quite angry about all this and I do sympathise.
But anger is counter-productive and wins no-one to a cause.
The people around you are simply human beings. They mostly have no pretensions of perfection and I'm sure you don't regard yourself as an
exception. We all fall short, more often than we'd like.
Life is about survival. Maslow's hierarchy reveals that the less people are required to concern themselves with obtaining life's necessities, the
more altruistic they become; the more they are freed to give-back to the community; the greater their energies in improving the lot of those less
People respond best to encouragement and praise, when they're attempting to override prejudices. Punishment and criticism defeats the exercise.
Rather than challenge so many elements in my post, I ask you to read it without the anger and bitterness, please.
What is undeniable is that we are descended from animals. As such, our primary urges and responses are often animalistic. Animals operate largely
Sex. Anger. Fight or flight. Territoriality. Defence of the young. The pack or herd mentality. These and more are basic instincts and they
short-cut considerations such as 'decency', 'thoughtfulness', 'fair play', 'compassion', etc.
When push comes to shove --- as in war, catastrophe, plague, famines, floods, etc. --- it's every man for him/her self. All the politeness and good
manners we're taught go out of the window. And please don't imagine you'd be any different or one day you might receive a terrible shock were you
to see yourself as you truly are.
And what you are, and what the rest of us are, is humans evolving from our animalistic, instinctive origins. It doesn't happen smoothly across the
board, nor does it happen because we'd like to pretend it's 'just a matter of attitude'. It's a long haul. Some are evolving faster and better
than others. As a rule, they try to educate and encourage the rest.
As I said in my post, in the animal kingdom, those which are different are -- as a general rule -- rejected by the pack. Darwin had quite a bit to
say about the how's and why's.
So, as creatures evolving from animals, we naturally retain many of the instinctive behaviours of those from which we descended. And one of these
instinctive behaviours is to reject that which is different, in the interests of maintaining the integrity of the pack, or -- as it is these days --
Life has never been easy for minorities.
But it *used* to be a lot worse.
It's not all that long ago, as you'd be aware, that those who were different, who were afflicted and who suffered impediments -- could only survive
in many instances, by functioning as side-show freaks. Not that long ago.
Would you agree that we've come quite a way -- have improved our attitudes -- since then ? I think we have. And that's to our credit --- yes?
Certainly, there's still a long way to go.
And it will not be easy, for any of us.
Because our animal instincts keep us alive
If you doubt it, I suggest you dedicate half an hour to researching survivors, in all circumstances. The Argentinian football team whose plane
crashed in the Andes, for example. They ate the victims of the crash.
Or read about high-altitude climbers. Every man for himself. If a team-mate is injured, the unwritten rule is: he is left behind, in order the rest
will have a chance of survival.
Read about the women who have exerted superhuman strength and lifted crashed vehicles off loved ones lying crushed beneath.
Read about those who made it through the jungle, armed only with their wits and instincts.
So ---- in so many instances, our animal instincts are praiseworthy, are our strongest, most reliable natural weapon and defence.
Our instincts have worked for us, have brought us this far and serve us every day of our lives. Without them, we'd have become fertilizer eons
Now --- in the 21st century -- we're confronted by an enormous challenge: to jetison our animal instincts in the interests of compassion and
Many are making the transition.
It may not be happening swiftly enough for you. And that -- and the anger and bitterness it causes you -- is your
challenge. And I wish you