The Human Nature Essay

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As Bernard Rosenberg once said, “Man is a biodegradable but nonrecyclable animal blessed with opposable thumbs capable of grasping at straws.” (Bernard Rosenberg. p. 96) Human Nature consists of an evolving body and an immaterial mind that has an essence which is the result of a highly complex brain; Both the body and mind die, however, while living, they make their own choices and create their own outcomes because of their immaterial mind; The memory and body are what makes a person who they are and without either of them, the same person does not exist; We make our own choices but without others, we would be unable to define ourselves.
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” (Malcolm. p. 111) However, human nature disagrees with the notion of an enduring soul because it doesn’t makes sense. It is hard to believe that at the end of a person’s life, they ascend into a realm where everything is perfect. A huge aspect of the religions in the world is the belief of an enduring soul/self. Another huge aspect of these religions is fear. Taking the Catholic religion for example, many core principles in this religion are either imposing or relieving fear. For example, their fear mongering notion of heaven and hell: if someone lives by God’s rules they’ll go to heaven, if not, they’ll burn in hell for eternity. This almost sounds like the Harper government. Or the fact that many people want to believe in the notion of afterlife (heaven) because they are afraid of death. Another reason why religion doesn’t seem rock solid is because of their origins. Why should someone believe what is written in an old book without much evidence at all? If the bible is just a bunch of stories that were retold and retold, isn’t it easy to assume that at some places along the way the stories were changed from the original? If someone declared that the sun was going to explode on April 27th, 2021 without any evidence, most people would not believe that person. Maybe he would have better luck if he wrote it down. The following scenario is very similar to that of religion:
A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water. After awhile, every time a monkey went up the ladder, the others beat up the one on the ladder. After some time, no monkey dare go up the ladder regardless of the temptation. Scientists then decided to substitute one of the monkeys. The 1st thing this new monkey did was to go up the ladder. Immediately the other monkeys beat him up. After several beatings, the new member learned not to climb the ladder even though it never knew why. A second monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The 1st monkey participated on the beating for the 2nd monkey. A 3rd monkey was changed and the same was repeated (beating). The 4th was substituted and the beating was repeated and finally the 5th monkey was replaced. What was left was a group of 5 monkeys that even though never received a cold shower, continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder. (imgur.com)
Many religions are attached to some notion of an enduring soul/self. However, some of them have a very bad basis, which makes it silly and unjustifiable. Human nature agrees with the idea of an immaterial mind and a material body, it also agrees with the idea of an enduring self, however, it tweaks the Dualist view and says that it does not survive the death of the body because all life ends at death. That is the reason why human nature disagrees with the idea of an enduring soul.
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