reply to post by Soloman Kane
Soloman....(hmmmm.....interesting name...) If I could make a simple, gentle observation. While I think your premise might have some merit, it would
go a long way if you bothered to use proper punctuation.
NOW!!! Before the flaming begins....I believe that the founders of ATS wish to stand by, to the best ability, this concept.
It is IN the 'standards' not to use 'text-speak' and such.....that's not what I'm saying here. My opinion....(and maybe mine alone)...is when
the contraction 'you're' is appropriate in context, but "your" is used instead....at least it's not 'ur', but it is still dumbing down.
Typos, I understand....we all make them. This transcends simple typos.
Sorry, it had to be pointed out, IMHO.
NOW.....the idea that we are somehow 'human by default'....that seems a little insulting to me.
It's like saying that you shouldn't, by definition, care for your beloved dog, or your cat, or your bird....or whatever pet you cherish, because
he/she is a dog/cat/bird/whatever by default???
"Brotherly love" is probably a terrible term...one that might have caused some confusion in the OP's mind.
IF you wish to see a civilized encounter between Humans, then there must be a certain standard of behaviour. It is called 'courtesy', 'respect',
'trust' and, ultimately, 'civilization'.
Problem that might be causing confusion in the OP's mind is Humanity's recent rise from simple 'tribal' mindsets.....what I mean is, as a species
we are not yet that far removed from some of our basic survival instincts, very similar to other animals.
"Fear the Unfamiliar" "Protect your Territory" "Challenge Strangers".......
THIS is the 'tribal' mindset. Civilization is the veneer that we supposed 'enlightened' naked apes use to assuage ourselves....but we all know,
deep down, that altruism would be thrown away at the first scent of fear.....
So, again to the OP.....you've hit upon a possible uncomfortable truth that underlies the Human condition. It does NOT involve the trappings of
'religion', which is just another form of 'civilization' in another wrapping.
BOTH use fear as controlling factors.....'religion' uses fear, that's obvious. 'civilization' uses fear, but it is social in nature....actually,
they both are, to some extent.