Is human nature essentially permanent, or can its definition change?

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  1. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
    Daniel J. Neumannposted 9 years ago

    Is human nature essentially permanent, or can its definition change?

    I think we construct self-interest. "Self" could mean a group.

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    L a d y f a c eposted 9 years ago

    That depends on the level you're speaking of. Absolute base level human nature - self-preservation - will never change. Ever. Lying, stealing, cheating, loving, slacking, hard-working, coveting, defiance, self-righteousness, greed, the passive, the aggressive, all have been around since day numero uno as well, but I think it's more the extent of each that can change. I don't think any of them will ever be non-existent. (unless the zombie apocalypse happens..) Everyone is self-preserving to some extent, but the rest of them can come and go in groups. For instance, compare the nature of the general public in the 30's vs 60's vs the 70's vs today. I think a lot of the time, human nature is dictated by our environment.

    I would say, it's essentially permanent, as you put it. I'm not even sure this made sense, but I like this question. What's your opinion?

  3. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
    Daniel J. Neumannposted 9 years ago

    Lady Face,

    Thank you for your answer. I consider myself a social constructivist. I believe the meaning of words, stories, and even our perception of nature changes within its context, within the environment of people. It's a democratic philosophy with a Buddhist under-tone: Ideas evolve, mature based on popularity.

    I believe human nature isn’t permanent. I think you’re right about our qualities; that may never change. But we can adjust the parameters, and combine age-old-ideas in new ways. At least, I hope so. Otherwise, we, as a civilization, may self-detonate very soon.



  4. nightwork4 profile image62
    nightwork4posted 9 years ago

    nothing humans do is permanent. our nature is what we have become but not  what we will always be. humans at one time were hunters and gatherers, we were loners. due to evolution, of course we will change over time, it just depends on what happens in our current situation to decide how we will be in the future.


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