Human Nature Is Not Selfish And Greedy Essay examples

1062 Words Jun 30th, 2015 5 Pages
In cultures around the world, and throughout history, to have more than you need was, and is, considered a mental illness. What does that say about the world today? We are all ill. Society teaches us at a young age that we must stand out from others, to be individuals, and to do whatever it takes to be successful regardless of who we hurt on the way to the top. We are taught that with wealth comes happiness, so in order to be happy we must be wealthy. We have become a “wetico” society, a cannibalistic culture, we eat the life of one another for our own personal gain, and this is something that can drive us extinct if we do not change our way of thinking. People believe it is just human nature to be competitive, however, human nature is not selfish and greedy instead the strongest emotion that sets us aside from animals is sympathy. We have the ability to feel what another person feels, we are compassionate to a complete stranger in need.
In nature there is a law that nothing takes more than it needs, a tree doesn’t take all the nutrients from the soil, just what it needs, and a lion doesn’t kill all the gazelles, just one. We have gone to war over oil, a material product, killing many of our own men in the process. According to the National Institutes of Health at least twenty precent of Iraqi veterans suffered from PTSD. The reason PTSD is high after war is because it is not in natural human nature to kill other humans. Homo sapiens are the dominant species; at least for…

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