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20 Observations About Human Nature That Liberals Would Probably Disagree With

kegansr Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 8:52 AM
You probably don't have children. Put two little ones old enough to play with toys on a blanket in your living room with only one toy. This is the perfect example, uneducated and untrained children doing what comes natural. Oh yes moms you know! They will both fight for the one toy! or the one bottle. We learn to be good. That is why we rear our children to have respect for others and teach them our values. It doesn't come naturally!
Courtney37 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 9:30 AM
It is to each individual's advantage that everyone else act according to an established moral standard, but the only real advantage for an individual who chooses to follow that standard is that they have the privilege of being protected by it.
Courtney37 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 9:28 AM
I disagree with all of you. Children act as they please with no enforcement, but if we were not born with a basic instinct of right and wrong, no human would have ever risen to the intellectual understanding that we need to pass our values to our children. It is natural for children to test the limits of right and wrong as they develop, for if they are not punished for bad and rewarded for good then there is no reason for them to care about what is right and wrong. All humans are naturally selfish and must choose not to be. Why would a selfish person choose not to be selfish if there is no personal advantage to do so?
DavidM Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 9:20 AM
Reality trumps studies.

A Doctor my wife works said she used to give people lots of 'official' advice on their children. Once she had children of her own she said the advice she was giving was nuts.

Studies are all inherently biased, since they have a specific goal in mind. They are useful , just not absolutes. Its like quantum physics: when the subjects are being observed their behavior changes...
michigander4 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 9:09 AM
Here's a link to the study:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57551557/babies-help-unlock-the-origins-of-morality/

1) Working hard, being self-reliant and taking responsibility for your own life are good for you and will make you much happier than having too much leisure time, being overly dependent and giving others responsibility for your life.

2) The more a behavior is rewarded with attention, fame, sympathy or money, the more of it we'll see. We recognize this almost instinctively when it comes to good behaviors, but we also tend to almost habitually block it out when it comes to behaviors we don't want to encourage.

3) There's nothing shameful about being poor -- but, if you stay...