Friday, October 3, 2014
#277 / Which World?
Here is an interesting question for you. To which "World" does human nature pledge allegiance? Is human nature part of the "World of Nature," the world that preexists human existence and human efforts; or, is "human nature" a human construction, something that human beings "create," and that, like other parts of the "Human World," is something that human beings can change?
An article entitled "Survival of the Sexiest," in the September 29, 2014 edition of The Nation, addresses this issue in connection with a discussion of Evolutionary Psychology. The image above pretty well synopsizes the EP perspective.
I come down on the same side as the authors, who end their very interesting article with this statement: "Our desire to speculate about human nature may be our most distinctive feature. Along with one other constant: whether by nature or nurture, human beings can change, are changing, and will continue to change."
Humans are subject to the physical laws that govern the physical world, the World of Nature. Those laws state inevitabilities. You can't disobey the law of gravity.
But nothing pertaining to our human world is inevitable, not even our own "human nature." We create the world we most immediately inhabit. This human world is not an "individual" construct, of course; we create it together. But our actions, individual and collective, are a matter of choice.
Nothing is impossible in the world we make.