reply to post by Amaterasu
Money will always exist. In fact, I would not be surprised to soon see a move to make human energy INTO a currency.
The average human is only loving and caring when they are raised to be so. Otherwise, if they are raised another way, then that too becomes the
average. Humans are animals. And animals can be trained. The saying goes, Humans are the only species capable of modifying their own nature and
stopping, and even reversing, social and physical decay.
Logic? Logically you just explained it yourself. And that's why up until the Buddha in the East, and Christ in the west, people did not have much
compassion beyond the people they knew. It wasn't until we discovered that we should be compassionate did we actually start to be. It was not part of
our nature, beyond the evolutionary need to protect those we know for the sake of the community's well being. For ones before, people threw out the
sick and elderly for the sake of their own well being.
Now today we have a better picture of logic. Logically I'd like to be helped when I'm dying, so I'll help you when you are. But this idea was
nonexistent a few thousand years ago.
The heart is not what makes us human. It is the mind. Dolphins and whales have just as much, if not more, compassion for other things as we do. Of
course, for them it's by nature. For us, we have to learn. All you have to do is go to a preschool and watch kids make fun of the weakest link to know
that it is not our nature to be compassionate. But we benefit from being able to conquer our own nature. That's probably also what makes us human.
Knowing what evolution has programmed us to do, can in fact be wrong.
Go back a few thousand years, and compassion did not exist. Love was borderline extinct. Men stole women from one tribe without a second thought, and
women accepted that fate without a second thought. People were bad. They raped, they pillage, they even exterminated most of the other humanoid
species on this world, if they weren't raping them.
About 50,000 years ago behavioral modernity started to evolve. And people began understanding very lightly this thing called compassion. But even
then, it was not universal. it was only to those people knew. fast forward about 45,000 years to The Buddha and Christ, and we see the first examples
of universal compassion.
Any species that takes 250,000 years to learn about compassion clearly does not have it in its nature.
Yes humanity tries. And good they do. But to return to all the way back when. This neither proves we were created by anything, nor that compassion is
part of our nature.
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