I've said it many times, and I'll add it here.
I personally feel that we anthropomorphize ourselves beyond what we are. In other words, we have some grand illusion as to the loftiness of what it
means to be human, as opposed to animals stricken with the grace and capacity to somehow "better" than "common" animals.
We are animal. We have base and primal instincts. We will become violent when pushed. We will take advantage of others when given the opportunity.
We have the capacity to avoid these things, but, just because we have that potential, doesn't mean it gets used.
Am I saying this is a green card pass to running around killing and putting our elbows on the dinner table? No.
What I am saying is that I believe we should always
be aware of and keep in mind the fact that we ARE
animals. Not angels with clipped
I for a fact KNOW that I am full well capable of killing. However, I make every conscious effort not to allow that to happen. But, walking around
denying the idea that I am capable of it, is like refusing to check whether a gun is loaded and playing around with it as if it was not loaded.
As to social behaviors, stepping on others to get ahead, etc, I feel the crabs in a barrel analogy is excellent. Crabs will pull each other down in
an effort to get themselves up. All the while, a different crab is pulling the one that just pulled another down and preventing it from getting
IMHO, the moment you occlude the idea that we are at our foundation an animal, is the moment hubris, pride, and our more base motives take
edit on 6-2-2014 by zeroBelief because: Damned pentient for editing...