posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 10:33 AM
People keep bringing up history. Well, that is the field in which I hold a degree, and I have obviously drawn far different conclusions than some in
First of all, our knowledge of history is limited at best. There are vast tracks of time for which we have almost no evidence of how people behaved.
In addition, history is not a science, and therefore we cannot draw clean and elegant conclusions from it. I will not argue that wars, violence, and
rape have gone on for ages, but I also don't think we have to feel trapped by that. Just because something does happen, that doesn't mean it will
always happen, or that it is natural for it to happen. It just seems like a cop-out to me to say that violence is hardwired into us. It absolves us of
responsibility for our actions, and is a barrier to human progress.
Violence is a choice. One can choose to do any number of things, natural or unnatural. People can choose to live peaceful lives, and our capacity to
do so is natural. Fundamental, universal ethical principles found in just about every religion and philosophy express the notion of a respect for life
and the general principle that one should not hurt or kill another. I do not believe these ideas to be artificial.