Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Human Nature: A Self-fulfilling Prophecy?

Peace and happiness is our natural state
J.G. Vibes
Activist Post

If there is one thing that is holding this species back from a world of peace, freedom and abundance it is the idea that destructive behavior is naturally present in human nature. Whenever someone suggests finding peaceful solutions to problems that are currently being “solved” with violence, they are typically told that peaceful interactions just don’t jive with human nature.

It seems that a very negative picture of human nature is ingrained into the social consciousness, but in reality we have no way of truly determining what human nature is, due to the various environmental factors that influence our thoughts and actions.

Many people get their impression of human nature from how others around them behave, and from what they were told about the history of the human species. At face value this approach seems logical, but still overlooks the mass manipulation of the human species that has taken place at the hands of various “authorities” throughout history.

People who were living in the past were subject to extreme abuse from family, church and monarchy, as well as the harsh wilderness that they were forced to contend with. These factors, along with the terrible example that was set by those in power, have resulted in the abhorrent behavior that we observe in history.


In our own time, gangs called governments, indoctrination camps called schools, and propaganda called media have molded the minds of nearly everyone on the planet. With this being the case, does it make more sense for the negative behavior we see in our fellow human beings to be a result of human nature, or does it make more sense that this behavior is the intended result of the external manipulation that I have just mentioned?

Did the brutal Crusades of the Middle Ages occur as a result of human nature? Was this a natural occurrence that could not have been prevented? Or were the Crusades simply an example of a time when people in power took it upon themselves to convince other people to kill each other. Sure it makes us feel a lot better to say that these kinds of things are unavoidable and will always be a part of our culture, but that won’t help to prevent similar atrocities from happening in the future.

If anything, it would make more sense to observe children who were uncorrupted by these factors if you actually wanted to get an accurate idea of what human nature might be. Children are kind and curious beings who don’t exhibit signs of violence or greed until they learn these traits from their family and society. It isn’t until children are abused into submission by their culture and by those in authority that they start taking on the traits of their abusers and acting out against others.

This situation presents itself on many levels. It is fairly common psychological knowledge that a vast majority of serial killers and extremely violent criminals were severely abused as children, and their current aggressions are directly related to the pain that they felt when they themselves where hurt and defenseless. So it would make sense for the macrocosm of our civilization to work the same way; a species that has been abused for centuries is going to think that abuse is a natural part of life, thus ensuring that abuse will continue.

This is how our perception of human nature becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we think that human beings are dangerous and violent creatures, then some of us will be able to rationalize and justify malevolent behavior by writing it off as human nature, instead of condemning it as we should.

If we actually condemn this behavior instead of making empty excuses for it, we will without a doubt drastically lower the level of violence on this planet. Individually, and as a species, we can only go as far as our imagination will take us. We are only capable of what we can imagine, and if all we can imagine is violence, submission, and domination, then that’s all were ever going to get.

J.G. Vibes is an author, and artist -- with an established record label. In addition to featuring a wide variety of activist information, his company -- Good Vibes Promotions promotes for electronic dance music events. You can keep up with him and his forthcoming book Alchemy Of The Modern Renaissance, at his Facebook page. AOTMR will be released this spring, thanks to Leilah Publications. This project features nearly 100 different essays, just like this one, that cover a wide variety of topics. These essays give historical and philosophical insight into the many important issues that our generation faces. From banking cartels and alternative currency to eugenics and the drug war, AOTMR offers a complete and comprehensive breakdown of the counter culture’s struggle.



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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Obama Factor: A Journey into the Nature of Consciousness and Change

Douglas E. Thomas, Ph.D.

Release date: April 2012

Preface


The Obama Factor: A Journey into the Nature of Consciousness and Change is the first book that inquires into the spiritual nature of Barack Obama prior to his political rise to power in the United States. The approach taken by the author to write this book is through the theological and ideological lens of “New Age” or what is presently referred to as “New Thought.” The content of this book was primarily developed from Obama’s autobiography Dreams of my Father and other recent biographies. For it was in his memoirs that were first published in 1995 that Obama’s unguarded ideas of himself and the world were freely discussed. This book is a very creative and imaginative extrapolation of his memoirs. One that unveils and decodes Obama’s true nature and sheds light on the religious and political philosophy that continues to shape his thinking.

The author systematically explores the nature of religion and spirituality, and how it shaped Obama's perspectives on life from his early days in Indonesia where he was exposed to Roman Catholicism and Islam; to the epiphany and vision he had at his father's grave-site in Kenya; to his time in Chicago spent with Reverend Jeremiah Wright. It was in Chicago under the tutelage of Reverend Wright, where he fully embraced African American culture, its historical vision, and the spirituality of the Black Church in general. In particular, it was Obama's experience with Reverend Wright that allowed him to develop a clear portrait of himself as a black man in the United States. Only after his experiences in Chicago was he then able to reflect on his life and finally begin to find meaning out of the world he was so desperately trying to understand.

In his book Dreams of my Father, Obama makes numerous statements that clearly place him outside of the traditional confines of religion. Such as, his continuous search to find ways on how best to “heal a malnourished world” and seeing a “new map of the world.” This book carefully explores those ideas from a spiritual or interfaith perspective and concludes that Obama's rise to power is a universal symbol or microcosm of the energy shift occurring on planet earth. It is this change in consciousness that is currently showering upon us all a heightened sense of awareness. It further encourages the reader to take in this same energy and watch the unimaginable manifest in their life, as it was able to do so with Obama.

Overall, I am very grateful to the people who assisted me with this project. I especially want to thank the two primary founders of Boricua College in New York City, President Dr. Victor Alicea and Vice President Dr. Maria Montes. Both are responsible for creating a holistic approach to educating that has not only benefited the students at the college, but I have also used many of the humanistic methods to create a structure for writing this work of love. I also want to thank my colleagues and especially my students at Boricua College for allowing me to think out loud and openly discuss some of the ideas expressed in this book with them. They provided me with the kind of support and unconditional love that was necessary for the completion of this project.

Finally, I want to thank Ms. Tamar Bonne-Annee, Dr. Rachel Ortiz, Ms. Katherine Nelson and Ms. Yvette Stokes who is the founder and president of YS Auxiliary Service for their commitment to my scholarship and me. Each one of these individuals are very busy professionals and yet they assisted me in ways that without their support this project could not have been completed. I cover each one of them in love.

Eamon said...

"Children are kind and curious beings who don’t exhibit signs of violence or greed until they learn these traits from their family and society."

It is clear that you have not really observed very many children for any notable period of time -- or, if you have, you must not have been watching closely enough. Children are naturally selfish, although the kind and degree of selfishness manifests itself differently in each individual case.

"...[I]n reality we have no way of truly determining what human nature is..."

It is clear that you do not realize this, but the above-quoted words utterly annihilate any foundation for your own statement about peace and happiness being our natural state.

Despite your many excellent and well-made points, it is clear you are in denial where some fundamental, undeniable facts about human nature -- facts which can be known -- are concerned. Still, thank you for your time and efforts -- may they bear abundant fruit and may 2012 be a peaceful, prosperous year for you and yours. Godspeed.

lonegranger said...

If we are all naturally gentle,
and if we are corrupted by authoritarians,
then who corrupted the first authoritarian?

The relationship when humans encounter other humans is dependent on individual chemistry and experiences and the context of the meeting. Humans are not necessarily cordial or contentious until perceptions are exchanged.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic article, great topic.
The massive propaganda matrix that tells us all sorts of lies, also tells us that it is our nature to fight, when fighting is only one of our thousands of 'abilities'.

It is in our nature to be good to each other first, above all else.

J.G Vibes said...

@ eomon

i would argue that the children that you see these tendancies in are still subject to propaganda and abuse...are the children your talking about homeschooled? do they watch tv? these are all important variables that shape the minds of young people...

also, what i said was that we couldnt determine human nature because of the environmental factors, these factos have influenced human behavior...therefore human behavior is not a good indicator of human nature

the idea that humans are beasts that need to be controlled has been placed here by people who wish to control us...so im very aprehensive about this dangerous idea for very obvious reasons

@ longegranger

i agree with what your saying not everyone is the same, different people are prone to different personality traits..but overall i think people are decent, and that much of the negative behavior we see is learned.

there are predatory people out there, and we need to beware of them your definitely right...but that doesn't mean that we are beasts that need to be controlled

sjsrana said...

'Suffocating the poor: by internal-poverty people'

Lack of empathy gives birth to corruption and corruption gives birth to abuse of power and abuse of power gives birth to poverty. Now we have ‘external-poverty’ where person may not have enough to eat or live OR we can have ‘internal-poverty’ where person will lack empathy and compassion for others.

An external-poverty person can still live with dignity, as his human conscience is alive however an internal-poverty person is in darkness, eccentric and shall always abuse-power.

A stark contrast between 'Aristide' and 'Rene Preval' is no wonder since, former had external-poverty and latter had internal-poverty.

There is a reason when we say ’If You Want To Lose Your Soul Blindly Support Your Government- Right Or Wrong’ since, we don’t have device/machine yet available that delineates between internal-poverty and internal-richness.

A soul-less being has no empathy for others. Lose your empathy, and you've lost your soul.

Therefore, people need to prepare/progress for stronger 'MIND, BODY and SPIRITS', question is how?
Leave it for next part!

WORLDPEACE said...

I've been saying much of this core idea for years. Human Nature is NOT inherently "evil" or any of the commonly taught, believed, and reinforced ideas fed to we the masses. I like the ideas expressed in "The Four Agreements" by don Miguel Ruiz and share his little jewels of books widely with others. Thanks for saying it here. Peace

Eamon said...

First, you make an argument based upon a presumption...

"i would argue that the children that you see these tendancies in are still subject to propaganda and abuse..."

Then, you ask the questions that need to be answered before you can even make said argument:

"are the children your talking about homeschooled? do they watch tv?"

Look, we are in total agreement that serious, negative conditioning has been taking place for some time. I am just trying to help you think a little more clearly and sharpen your own skills.

FWIW, I have spent lots of time with children raised completely outside the Matrix. You know what? They ALL manifest notable selfishness that must be trained out of them by their parents. If it is not, they grow up with a skewed view about their own place within this world.

As for negative behavior being learned, that is a legitimate and, I think, obvious position. However, good behavior is also learned. When we enter this life, we are, in large part, like a blank slate waiting to be written upon by various forces. That said, selfishness manifests itself early and often and curbing it is an enormous part of good parenting. Lastly, the presence of selfishness within babies and small children does not have anything to do with the bogus idea that we are beasts that need to be controlled, etc. Ideas like that are largely Talmudic in origin. I know you did not say the two ideas were necessarily connected, but I wanted us to be clear about we are and are not actually discussing.

Thank you for taking the time to reply.

calia386 said...

WOW! L. Ron Hubbard said this in the 1950's through Dianetics that people are basically good so this is not some current new idea. I am sure that someone else got this idea as well long before him too.

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