WHAT IS MAN? – THEORY OF HUMAN NATURE
What is Man? The motivation for asking this question comes from a statement expressed in Sanskrit Language.
“Sarvesham Swastir Bhavatu,” Shanti Mantra seeks the well-being of all humans, of all races, of all cultures, of all religions, and of all nations. My Theory of Human Nature draws inspiration from Man’s pursuit of Peace, Harmony, and Tranquility in Human Living Experience. Our efforts to support the well-being of Man would be affected by our understanding the ‘real’, or ‘true’ Nature of Man.
All human traditions including several philosophical and scientific traditions make assumptions about Human Nature. The basic assumption about Human Nature is that of finding it displayed in feelings, thoughts, moods, action, and behavior. I try to study Human Nature from the functional characteristics that are observable in interactions of cells, tissues, and organs that constitute the Human Organism. Man is Multicellular Organism, and I discover Human Nature of Subject who lives, taking into account functions of the cells, tissues, organs and organ systems providing the structural basis.
THE KEY TO HUMAN NATURE – EVOLUTION vs CREATION :
Man’s “Evolution” from ape-like ancestors is thought to be the key to our true Human Nature. Ethology or the scientific study of Animal Behavior is based on the Theory of Evolution. In order to explain human condition, Ethological Theories of Human Nature appeal to the “evolutionary” past of man.
Lorenz sees Man as an animal who has evolved from other animals. He thinks that Human Behavior is subject to the same causal Laws of Nature as all Animal Behavior. Many patterns of Animal Behavior show “hereditary coordination” or “instinctive movements” that are innate rather than learned. The ‘instinctual’ Behavior is fixed and may not be eliminated or altered by the environment. Instinct is inherited and it is essentially unlearned Behavior. Some of the most important aspects of Animal Behavior are innate.
Lorenz studied the nature of instinctive behavioral acts. The instinctual Behavior is caused by a ‘drive’ which causes the Behavior to appear spontaneously. The “four big-drives” are Feeding, Reproduction, Flight, and Aggression. Very often, Behavior is activated by two or more basic drives. To account for an instinctive Behavior Pattern in a Species, reference is made to Survival Value it has for the genes responsible for that Behavior. To explain the existence of any particular organ or Behavior Pattern, Lorenz looks for its Survival Value for the given Species.
In his book, “On Aggression” ( 1963 ), he explains the Natural History of Man’s Aggressive Behavior. He considers that Man has an innate drive to Aggressive Behavior towards his own species like many other animals. Fighting and warlike Behavior in Man have an inborn basis. He seeks an evolutionary explanation for human innate aggressiveness or ‘Intra-Specific’ Aggression which is concerned with fighting and threats between members of the same Species. The most destructive aspect of Human Aggression is its communal nature and the fighting is not between Individuals but between Groups. Humans fight as Groups and human beings are the only animals to indulge in mass slaughter of their own Species. He explains that this innate Aggressive Behavior has evolved from the communal defense response of our pre-human ancestors.
However, it is important to know that Lorenz made no scientific study of Behavior displayed by Apes. Among the members of Homo genus, Man is the only surviving representative of the Homo sapiens Species and hence it will not be easy to validate his conclusions about evolutionary origin of innate Human Aggressive Behavior. If Aggression is viewed as Hereditary Behavior which is based upon its Survival Value for the genes for that Behavior, it must be noted that there are no surviving human ancestral Species. It appears that Aggressive Behavior had no value in defending survival of Members of Hominin Family, immediate ancestors of Anatomically Modern Man.
COMPASSION WITHIN THE INDIVIDUAL AND BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS :
Compassion or sympathy( sym=together + pati=suffer ) describes the emotional feelings of sorrow for the sufferings or troubles of another person or others accompanied by an urge to help. Compassion describes an understanding arising from the sameness of emotional feeling. When man recognizes pain or sorrow in the lives of others, it spontaneously arouses the emotional feelings of Compassion. This understanding and the emotional response to pain and suffering in the lives of others appears to be instinctive. Apart from the “four big-drives”, Compassion is operated by an Innate Drive or it represents Motivated Behavior.
Compassion and Altruism( any behavior that appears to favor another individual’s chances of survival ) is a response generated by Human Nature. Compassion acts like a physical force, power, or energy. It has the power to uplift Man from both physical and mental pain. The instinct of Compassion comes into play and acts as a force, power, or energy when Man experiences sorrow in recognition of suffering or troubles of another man or other living entities. I am further suggesting that the Motivated Behavior of Compassion is expressed within Individual actions apart from Interactions between Individuals. If my personal experience of pain or suffering does not elicit emotional reaction of Compassion from others, fortunately, I can derive benefit of the uplifting power of Compassion by simply knowing the Source of Compassion that exists within myself.
When a person is enjoying state or condition of good health, we find that the cells, tissues, and organs of that human person are interacting with each other in a harmonious manner and these intraspecific biotic interactions display characteristics such as mutual assistance, mutual cooperation, mutual tolerance, and mutual functional subservience to provide a benefit to the human individual who lives because of such interactions. The constituent parts of the Human Body interact with each other with a sense of devotion, sympathy, compassion, and understanding.
We often acknowledge Compassion in the actions performed by others in response to pain, and suffering that they witnessed. We describe Compassion from the thoughts, emotional feelings, understanding, and sympathetic response that we witness in the Behavior and action of others. I recognize Compassion in the nature of interactions between the cells, tissues, and organs of my body and consider that such Compassion always operates to keep me the human person in good and positive health.
The Reality of Human Existence is possible because Compassion is innate to Human Nature guiding living functions both in health and sickness. I observe operation of Compassion in the Wound Healing Mechanism described as ‘Inflammation and Repair’.
The emotional feelings associated with Compassion are important for the Survival of Man who needs to find Psychological Satisfaction from his Living Experience. The instinctive Behavior of Compassion supports Survival of Man as it provides Mental Satiation or Contentment which contributes to the Experience of Joy and Happiness in Life.
COMPASSION IS THE KEY TO HUMAN NATURE :
The biological properties, characteristics, and biological nature of the Living Substance or Protoplasm accounts for an instinctive Behavior Pattern of Compassion. Biological functions and characteristics such as Nutrition, Cognition, Awareness, Responsiveness, and Communication with other Living Cells have not “evolved” because of their Survival Value for the Species. At a fundamental level, certain living characteristics or Nature is innate or implanted in Living Matter at the beginning or Origin of Life. The Living Substance or Matter known as Cytoplasm or Protoplasm has implanted or innate Nature of Compassion.
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