Human Nature

Us vs Them: A Simple Recipe to Prevent Strong Society from Forming By James Rohrer, AlterNet.org, July 27, 2012…We humans are by nature social creatures, even the most introverted of us, and we tend to trust and follow the thinking of the groups with which we identify…Our groups define “us” and exert powerful influence on how we think, even how we feel, and how we behave in society. By definition, of course, every group creates “Them”— they are all the ones who are not in our group…

The Social Animal by David Brooks, New York Times, September 12, 2008 [reference: “The Conscience of a Conservative” by Barry Goldwater] …Goldwater’s vision…celebrated a certain sort of person — the stout pioneer crossing the West, the risk-taking entrepreneur with a vision, the stalwart hero fighting the collectivist foe. The problem is, this individualist description of human nature seems to be wrong. Over the past 30 years, there has been a tide of research in many fields, all underlining one old truth — that we are intensely social creatures, deeply interconnected with one another and the idea of the lone individual rationally and willfully steering his own life course is often an illusion…What emerges is not a picture of self-creating individuals gloriously free from one another, but of autonomous creatures deeply interconnected with one another…We’re living in an age of fast-changing economic, information and social networks, but Republicans are still impeded by Goldwater’s mental guard-rails.

The Moral Animal

Happiness Comes From Respect, Not Riches by Stacey Kennelly, August 5, 2012. Greater Good / YES! Magazine

How Humans Became Moral Beings By Megan Gambino, Smithsonian.com, May 04, 2012

The Fascinating Scientific Reason Why “Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness” By David McRaney, Alternet.org, January 25, 2012

Who’s correct about human nature, the left or the right? by Ed Rooksby, Guardian UK, November 20, 2010

Five Lessons in Human Goodness From “The Hunger Games” By Jeremy Adam Smith   YES! Magazine, Posted on AlterNet.org, June 28, 2012

Evolution and Our Inner Conflict by Edward O. Wilson, New York Times, June 24, 2012

Global economic crisis also values crisis – Davos poll - by Tom Henegan, Religion Editor, New Frontiers  |  Davos – PARIS, Reuters, January 27, 2010

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