Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 15/01/2008

Being Human

This post has been prompted by AFROSPEAR

He did say Sunday 13th as a closing date. BUT, in keeping with personal tradition I am late.

One of the issues he discusses, which I found to be profound, was the question of whether the true nature of human beings was more geared towards doing evil than good? As a species, do we fall primarily under the Darwinian law of “survival of the fittest”, the resulting by-product of which are the wars, conflicts, genocides and other atrocities which we continually face throughout the ages, the present and into the future? Are we engaged in a losing battle against the very nature of humankind, i.e., the “so-called” 7 deadly sins: pride, jealousy, greed, gluttony, lust, anger, laziness… when we put forth the effort to be humble, supportive, generous, sharing, exercise self-control, forgiving and responsible? Are the virtues of justice, equality, liberty, integrity, charity, kindness, mercy, etc., figments of our imaginations and delusions of our spirit? And if doing ”evil” is not the natural state of humankind, then what is it, why aren’t we doing it and how do we get there?

Here are some of the things I have written pertinent to this subject.

If War is Human Why Must We Forgive?

I also wrote a poem after observing some racist behaviour in parts of UK, and does not refer to information technology.

IT: Dehumanizing Made Easy

I also wrote about Lying

A Brief History of Lying

Hope it helps the cause.

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