reply to post by charles1952
The idea of “human nature” needs elaboration.
Do we all agree that we have an unconscious part to our mind? Do we agree that it can happen that forces from the unconscious part of the mind some
times control our behavior?
I will give an example.
There was a housewife who was murdered by repeated hammering with an axe from her garage. Blood was everywhere. The last person to see the victim
alive was her acquaintance, Ms X, who had stopped by to arrange the car pool for the children after school. Ms X did everything she could to assist
the police investigation.
No one would ever suspect Ms X of such a crime as an axe murder. The investigation later found the bloody palm print of Ms X on the victim’s
refrigerator. Ms X believed the evidence against her. She said I must have done it. But she did not confess because she had no memory of the violent
The explanation for the behavior of Ms X comes from her unconscious mind.
As time went by Ms X was able to recall an episode from her childhood that was long forgotten. She had been hit by a playmate with an axe. She was so
hysterical at the hospital that in order for the doctor to treat her injury her mother had to immobilize her movements by strong physical restraint.
Ms X had also just gotten some bad news. News that was too bad to face squarely. Her husband was having an affair with the victim.
The issue is not revenge on the victim for her dalliance. The issue is that Ms X was finally getting even with the playmate. Her behavior as an adult
came from the force of the trauma in her unconscious mind. The girlhood panic was unknowingly an unresolved issue in her unconscious mind waiting for
the opportunity to express itself.
This the end of the example.
The lesson of this example and many others is that a principle of human nature (the way the mind works) is that the behavior of people can come from
forces (mental energy) of which they are unaware.
To put it another way, you can best judge a person not by what he says but by what he does.
Now we are ready for the summary. History proves that war is a permanent part of human nature. The future will be like the past.
The issue is not Muslims vs Christians. The issue is that violence is part of human nature.