reply to post by jiggerj
You are describing animal nature, which has been necessary for species to survive and evolve on earth to this stage.
However, man has the added faculty of mind, which is able to reason and act accordingly, ideally for the betterment of all.
It is the instinctive faculty of mind which drives us to eat food, reproduce, etc.
We have used our minds, rather than to seek lofty and universal goals, to devise ways to selfishly feed this animal nature.
Our moral lack, and the world's subsequent problems, is precisely because we have thus far chosen to dwell mentally in our animal, survivalist
nature. The view that destructive inhabitance of this planet is our destined lot and our nature, rationalizes against the very point made in the OP.
The view shifts responsibility for the world's conditions from the individual, who again is the victim, this time of nature's circumstances.
The Problem With The World is that we are personally, selfishly dwelling in our animal natures, and not taking the responsibility for results of our
actions. It is practically a matter of our very evolution at a standstill, or even digression.
So it is not that, to change our world, you would have to change human nature. It is that, to change our world,
Humans need to assume their proper nature as a conscious and forward race of Intelligent beings.
Our minds can separate and exalt us from the animal nature, but we use them to grossly reflect and exaggerate it to selfish means.
edit on 21-7-2013 by ecapsretuo because: (no reason given)