Blog #7: Human Nature

I have just decided I would share some videos that I really enjoyed.
This video is titled “The myth of Human Nature”

Just bringing the video back to class discussion: If we consider popular movies like The Purge which are based on the notion that humans are animalistic, then we can easily accept the plot portrayed in the movie. But what if we challenge this notion that humans are inherently violent and selfish that has been perpetuated with the notion that humans do not want to be violent but want to seek out fulfilling relationships that are filled with love?


5 responses to “Blog #7: Human Nature

  1. I found this video and your blogpost to be so simple that it may just be too good to be true. The video suggests that for the most part we are all the same because at the end of the day we all have the same needs which includes compassion and being loved. It further suggests that the only thing that distinguishes us is dependent upon whether or not we have our needs met and in the case that we dont, one turns to violence and individualstic, selfish behaviors. The question at the end of your post challenging the idea that we are merely seeking love and not really violent creatures makes so much sense but at the same time it cant be that simple, can it? If this was the case, wouldnt we all be in a better world today where everything is equal and there is no such thing as war? I guess what im trying to say is , what then are the contributing factors that make our society the way it is and not perfect?

    • Oh, those are really awesome questions! I have no idea what the contributing factors are that make our society the way it is: riddled with war, inequality, etc. I think that is where sociology comes into play, and honestly was the reason why I believe that higher education is important. To learn how to be critical of the world by learning from others and creating your own ideas……… BUT,

      I can only speculate why the world is the way it is, I can only say that history has a lot to do with it. We have a small set of cannonized authors that we are all required to learn about, including, like the video illustrated, Rousseau, Kant, Descartes, even Darwin. These cannonized authors, in their works, illustrate the “animality” of humans, “the inherent violence that lies within them”, the barbaric nature that will erupt once society falls apart. Only once I came to college and took a few Philosophy classes did I learn about a few philosophers that believe that humans are compassionate in nature and only seek to help one another and want to be in a community, but these philosophers are not widely circulated, nor are their philosophies integrated into major documents like constitutions, policies and Bill of Rights.

      I don’t know if that made any sense, but hey, I think that having more questions than answers is always more constructive, so I would agree with you! I am still battling those same questions that you are asking! :)

  2. I really like your video it brought some general key points that I know we talk very little in class. I think it is similar to how we, humans, want to seek conversation and interact with people in our environment. But if we do not have that type of socialization and we cannot defeat the bad side of not being social, then I believe that there would be negative happening to the person that is lacking in socialization.

  3. This is fantastic — a short video that conveys a profound sociological point: “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are, or…as we are conditioned to see it.” Gabor Mate, who narrates the video, is a physician and author whose understanding of health and illness is deeply sociological. He looks especially at the influence of capitalism on physical and mental illnesses, such as addiction, anxiety, ADD, and depression. Here’s a sample:

    There are some great videos of Mate’s talks on youtube and interviews on the website.

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention — I will definitely use this in the future!

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