Bad Human (Cont)

Bad human is seen in various religions. Many religions portray a negative view of the human condition. Christianity teaches that humans are born sinful. John Calvin called humans “teeming hordes of infamies.” (16th Cent) Thomas Hobbes felt human existence is a state of, “bellum conium contra comnes” ———–> the war of all against all. In Leviathan, Hobbes said people  need to enter  a social contract with the state as one means to control and help manage selfish human nature. A social contract that produces law and order. Without some sort of control, I propose human living is capable of becoming a kind of rattenkrieg or “war of the rats.” Sigmund Freud felt, “men are not gentle friendly creatures wishing for love, but possess powerful, measured desire for aggressiveness.” (20th Cent). Wilhelm Reich referred to humans as, “endemically and sexually sick.” (1948) For Reich, the average person is an utterly deprived and low-life character —–> I wonder what he thought of himself?  Mark Twain said, “of all creatures man is the most detestable. Of all the entire brood he is  only one that  possesses malice. Also, he  is the  only creature that has  a nasty  mind.” (1924)  The bad human view contains a large number of those detrimental dualistic factors that contribute to keeping humans apart. 

Bad human is seen in our long-lasting history of warfare. Since ancient times the                troubling  turmoil of war appears to be symptomatic of mankind. The first  evidence of  any human warfare was near Lake Turkana in Kenya where a stoneage massacre took  place 10,000 years  ago. Through research at this site,  27 bodies were found and their remains give the earliest scientific anthropological evidence of  a wide-spread butchery to fellow humans. Stanley Kubrick directed the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Kubrick was dismayed by the nefarious human condition, and advised that it as one of utter selfishness. In 1972, he would describe humans by saying, “man isn’t a noble savage, he’s an ignoble savage. He is irrational, brutal, weak, silly, unable to be objective of anything where his own interests are involved – that about sums it up. I’m interested in the brutal and violent nature of man because it’s a true picture of him. And any attempt to create social institutions on a false view of the nature of man is probably doomed to failure.” What do you think?

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