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Is human nature any worse that the nature of other animals?

we are intellegent and have thumbs 'a means to cause destruction' but are humans especially aggressive?

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  • 9 years ago
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    humans, like all animals, act in a way to preserve ourselves and pass on our genes. if you look at it from a basic level, then our "human nature" is the same as any other animal's "nature." in other words, most of the things we do are done to benefit ourselves over others. we benefit ourselves through several forms:

    our race as a whole (resource-gathering, over consumption of resources),

    our society over other societies (wars, oppression),

    our families and friends over others (passing on inheritance, reproducing),

    or our own bodies over others (eating, fighting over things)

    so, really, in the interest of self-preservation, we do the things we do, and thats really not that different from most other animals.

    however, the fact that we are so widespread and that we hold so much power over the world makes our choices extremely potential in causing change in the world. and the reason we worry about if human nature really is "evil" is because we realize how much power we hold and that we can cause terrible things to happen (nuclear war, over-pollution, mass extinction of organisms)

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  • Shlomo
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    Animals are perfect. They don't need to develop tools to attain their goals. They don't need clothes or food processing. They have everything and they know to do everything they need. When a cat is born, it is already a cat.

    Man is essentially imperfect. When a human is born, it will take a serious process for him to become a man. Yet there is still a big question what kind of person he will become - it depends... He may become a hero or a monster. In that latter case he will be worse than other animals

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  • 9 years ago

    Depends which animals you're talking about. Give chimps a few million years and they may end up eclipsing our self-destructive tendencies. Bonobo monkeys, on the other hand, would probably put us to shame in the peace and co-operation department... as perhaps would dolphins.

    But you're comparing apples and oranges. It's almost impossible to make a qualitative determination without also making some huge leaps in reasoning/philosophical shortcuts/baseless assumptions.

    Ultimately, the goal of any living being - whether it possesses such traits as 'intelligence', 'self-awareness' or group awareness, etc - is survival. This is neither good nor bad. The natural order is amoral.

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  • 3 years ago

    people inherit. there is not something inherent. not something intrinsic. in uncomplicated words inheritance is inherent in nature. they are adversarial to organic and organic and evolutionary techniques. in uncomplicated words regulations of nature are inherent. in case you ask, why solar is there, why moon is there, etc. that is a regulation in nature. that is a topic of Physics. So are we. A organic and organic situation. sturdy and undesirable belongs to archaic way of wondering, even as technology has not come this a lengthy way. i do not understand will be a fantastic answer. i'm neither sturdy nor undesirable is yet another sturdy answer.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    i have no idea what your trying to achieve with this question.

    Every animal species has a different nature. Deers are cautious and shy. Lions are aggressive. Raccoons are cheeky and smart.

    Humans? We have our own nature. We're intelligent and able to use the resources around us to benefit our existence.

    Source(s): I spend too much time in the zoology section.
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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No. I grew up watching carnivores attack on Mutual of Omaha TV shows

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  • 9 years ago

    Animals are not evil.

    Humans are evil.

    Animals don't kill unnecessarily, they kill to eat.

    Animals don't pollute the earth, they live with nature.

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  • 9 years ago

    Animals may start less wars, but at least we don't sleep in our own piss.

    So we're better.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yes humans can create dangeorous ideologies

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    No. Our nature (selfishness, rationality, etc.) drives us toward the same goal as any other animal - survival.

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