It is human nature to contradict and to rise to the opposite side. This is part of evolution; we may have gone beyond the physical war-hierarchy of fighting for cat top – literally – but assertion of the species’ power comes through discussion. We humans have risen beyond tooth and claw to use our (some may say ‘more advanced’) brains in the act of fighting sides through our words.
Humans strive with this adaptation; the back-and-forth between ideas leads to the new living. However, there is a bad side to human nature, from the competition.
It is human nature to deceive. We try and ignore such ‘revelations’, but one should know that it is impossible to fight the properties of a society. A ‘selfish gene’, as Dawkins would put it. Some emotion-concepts, such as desire and its ‘secondary effects’, can be restrained with a strong mind. Others, however, cannot.
Lying seems to be an innate function of the human complex, the human mind. Theists would point out that we are destined to sin as we do not possess the Perfection of God. However, I am taking a psychological stance for this particular point of interest. Lying is often considered a property of the successful. Why? Does lying to achieve provide better gains than the equivalent ‘losses’? Science cannot say for sure, though it does lean that way, certainly. This ‘back-stabbing complex’ is often possessed by successful people (but do not mistake this ‘often’ for causation), whilst those ‘weaker’ are less likely to use negative aspects of their humanity to gain. Too, this may be because the ambitious are more likely to allow their negative emotion-concepts to ‘demoralise’ their actions.
Hominus invidus est. We strive to be better, for biologically simply the fact that, if we are more successful, we are more likely to attract a mate because we can afford to look after offspring. And isn’t that the main, subconscious purpose of life? To continue the species.
Jealousy – whatever the type, whatever the cause – is most likely to occur because it gives us something to strive for. Yes, it is not useful to compare one’s self with another, but competition is everything to an animal. As I have said before, we simply have evolved to be more ‘lateral’ animals, to use our complexes and emotions to help ourselves in a hierarchy where to shout and attack do not normally lead to a beneficial outcome.
What about those individuals who show us a world beyond the selfish and the moneyed? They are the different people – and I stress this. Different. Those people we see and are amazed by are only so amazing because we notice their difference from the rest of the selfish world. They are not the rule, no, but the exception. No wonder the root of 'miracle' is mirabilum!
These exceptions show us a different way of life. Although we may not all react positively to acts of goodness (because the human complex relies on our determination to the continuation of the gene-pool), it is essential for a human to see both sides of the argument, so that their thought can be most balanced and more likely to come to a self-serving conclusion. If self-sacrifice is self-service, so be it. Not all humans strive – and this in itself is an achievement. We have been made (or evolved) as a diverse species. Incredible.
Of course, rules are made to be frequently broken by the better.