“Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we were put in this world to rise above.” — Katherine Hepburn, African Queen.
SUMMARY: Our cultures need to be doing more to ameliorate the effects of our negative human instincts.
(About a 4 minute read)
It’s my impression that most of us these days are at least dimly aware that human nature can be out of joint with human happiness. That is, we can have a disposition or inclination to certain feelings and behaviors that more or less inevitably lead us into unhappy situations, and even misery.
Warfare is an example of that. While humans apparently do not have an actual instinct to war upon each other, we do indeed have a full set of instincts that mean war is all but directly hardwired into our DNA.