In the past week I have heard a lot in classes about “human nature.” And just like blood quantum or the one drop rule, I wonder how can it be measured?
Are we inherently greedy? Or, is it in fact, that the economic system (capitalism) in which we are saturated into every day teaches us to be greedy in order to survive?
Are we inherently mean? Or, is it a list of experiences with mean people that have made us mean?
Are we prone to gossip? Or, is it a society that thrives off of gossip that makes us feel like it is normalized?
These are questions I have been asking myself in the last few years, but especially in the last week. Because human nature cannot be measured nor is it consistent. There are people who are greedy, who are mean, but there are also people who are kind, caring and give themselves to other people because they truly believe in a better and equal society.
So, no I don’t think it’s human nature to be hierarchical. I don’t think it’s human nature to be mean, greedy, to gossipy or any of that other nonsense that the greater society would have us all believe. I don’t think we are born any of these things, after all we are “blank slates” aren’t we?
Besides, the powers that be are invested in having us believe human nature is consistent in its evilness because then, we wouldn’t feel the need to change would we? We would believe in its consistency, so therefore things like: poverty, death, disease, rape, hate crimes would all be inevitable societal ills. They’re not and they don’t have to be.
Food for thought.