View Poll Results: Human Nature

Voters
20. You may not vote on this poll
  • Primarily seeks self maximizing activity or results

    6 30.00%
  • Primarily seeks fairness or themselves of society

    2 10.00%
  • Depends on one's beliefs and socialization

    9 45.00%
  • Rootabega (Other)

    3 15.00%
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 18 of 18

Thread: Human nature

  1. #11
    Sage
    Ikari's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Colorado
    Last Seen
    12-08-17 @ 01:05 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian - Left
    Posts
    54,124

    Re: Human nature

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I think at the root of human nature is evil and selfishness. I agree with blackdog in that it's due to original sin.
    That or naturalistic self-preservation and reproduction.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

    Quote Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
    "I should have loved freedom, I believe, at all times, but in the time in which we live I am ready to worship it."

  2. #12
    Sage
    lizzie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    between two worlds
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    28,581

    Re: Human nature

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post

    So, you don't think we can ever be better than what we currently are?
    It all depends on what you mean as better. It's a deep subjective well.
    "God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
    -C G Jung

  3. #13
    Doesn't go below juicy
    tacomancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Cleveland
    Last Seen
    05-20-16 @ 02:42 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    31,781

    Re: Human nature

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    It all depends on what you mean as better. It's a deep subjective well.
    Yep. I agree, it is very subjective.

  4. #14
    Matthew 16:3

    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Everywhere and nowhere
    Last Seen
    06-24-17 @ 05:05 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Progressive
    Posts
    45,603

    Re: Human nature

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    I don't think we are monkeys, lol. I can say other than that I agree 100%. You say monkeys, I say original sin.
    It ain't original sin that caused me to fling poop at the people outside of my cage!
    Tucker Case - Tard magnet.

  5. #15
    Tavern Bartender
    Constitutionalist
    American's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Virginia
    Last Seen
    Today @ 04:19 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Conservative
    Posts
    76,277

    Re: Human nature

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    The $100 poll got me thinking about something. So here is a question.

    Human nature:
    Primarily seeks self maximizing activity or results
    Primarily seeks fairness or themselves of society
    Depends on one's beliefs and socialization
    Rootabega
    The first and third choices are not mutually exclusive.
    "He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
    "Fly-over" country voted, and The Donald is now POTUS.

  6. #16
    Banned Goobieman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Last Seen
    03-22-15 @ 02:36 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Very Conservative
    Posts
    17,343

    Re: Human nature

    Human nature dictates that we all act in what we think to be our own best interest.

    That comes closest to option #1.

  7. #17
    Doesn't go below juicy
    tacomancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Cleveland
    Last Seen
    05-20-16 @ 02:42 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    31,781

    Re: Human nature

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    The first and third choices are not mutually exclusive.
    In some sense. What I was trying to get at was a 50/50 or some other split where 1 and 2 were absolutes.

  8. #18
    Global Moderator
    The Hammer of Chaos
    Goshin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Dixie
    Last Seen
    Today @ 11:16 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    44,157

    Re: Human nature

    Rootebega!!


    Okay, seriously...

    I think human nature is complex. As a whole we are capable of unimaginable evil, incredible goodness, stupefying idiocy, remarkable selfishness, and awesome beauty. Individuals are usually capable, at least in potential, of all of these things as well.

    I think in the heart of humanity is a constant tug of war between malevolence and beneficence. Most people stay somewhere near the middle. Some give in to the Dark Side, lol. Some live an exceptional life of remarkable benevolence toward others.

    Regardless of what the geneticists say, I think it is largely a matter of choice.


    Four decades of observing human nature have not left me overly optimistic about how most people choose, however. Most people will do good if it benefits them in some way, or if it isn't very costly to them in any way they value.

    A man's true nature is how he acts when he thinks no one will know what he has done; or whether he stands up for what he claims are his core principles when the cost of doing so will be high.

    Fiddling While Rome Burns
    ISIS: Carthago Delenda Est
    "I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •