Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition.
- E. O. Wilson (Biologist)
Courage is Different than Hopium - Another planksip® Möbius
Pursue your passion, but let Science be your guide. Science may not save us if we are indifferent to the truth it claims. Courage has the mustard seed of action, whereas hope is patient and forgiving. Graduated hope is archetypal hero, courageous and addictive.
Let’s examine how assumptions about human nature have shifted over time and the debates that are predominant in this discourse. There is a line of thought that believes that ‘human nature’ is really no different from that seen in the animal kingdom; that we humans are competitive, aggressive, and selfish because of a need to reproduce our genes. This train of thought serves to explain why we behave divisively instead of cooperatively and lovingly.
But this ‘biological need to reproduce our genes’ is now considered a savage instincts excuse that cannot be the real cause of our competitive and divisive behavior because humans have cooperative and loving moral instincts, the voice or expression of which within us is our conscience. Charles Darwin recognized that morality is perhaps the highest level of distinction between animal and man.
Secondly, descriptions of human behavior, such as egocentric, arrogant, inspired, depressed, deluded, pessimistic, optimistic, artificial, hateful, mean, immoral, guilt-ridden, evil, psychotic, neurotic, alienated all recognize the involvement of our species’ unique fully conscious thinking mind—that there is a psychological dimension to our behavior. Humans have suffered not from the genetic-opportunism-based, non-psychological animal condition, but the conscious-mind-based, the psychologically troubled human condition.
The focus has now shifted to a psychosis-addressing-and-solving, biological explanation of the human condition that will heal humans, rehabilitate, and transform our lives. Blindly believing theories and not tapping into the vast resources of the world is where or downfall begins. We must hope to learn and strive to be better.