How are we programmed to act?
If one had never seen a murder, heard of a murder, knew of the concept of murder – could that person then commit a murder?
If we were to follow our true spiritual instincts, the yearnings we have, where would it lead us?
Some would inevitably be killers. Some would be abusive. But, I wonder, is it a natural imperative, or a product of upbringing? Nature vs. nurture.
What if, for instance, everyone made the effort to treat children, all children, like their own? All children, regardless of race, creed, nationality, sexuality, intelligence, emotional deficiencies, behavioral problems, disabilities. Imagine what that would do for the children, and likewise what it would do to all who interacted with those children.
Wouldn’t children grow up to respect the older generations? Wouldn’t older generations respect a little more?
Yet it doesn’t shine a light on what the natural imperative is. What’s engrained in our biology, and what’s programmed into us through teaching and upbringing.
What is our natural system, in the absence of power struggles and fear?
It’s something I’ve been thinking about, and will continue to think about.