THE UGLY SIDE OF HUMAN NATURE

We really need to wake up to the reality of the ugly side of human nature. Because when things REALLY do get rough, you’ll see a side of some people that you never dreamed existed.
We’ve all seen the footage of the violent looting that took place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While a great deal of society attempts to hunker down and pull together in the midst of a crisis, such an event still stirs up the worst in people. There is a sense of power and dominion that is enticing to some individuals and they refuse to resist such an urge when they see vulnerable, frightened faces. The smell of fear is an aphrodisiac to them. And they permit themselves to do whatever it takes to maintain this “high.” They prey on the vulnerable much like a wolf preys on a wounded animal. It’s also important to understand that because of the underlying nature of the panic, desperation, and lust for power over a vulnerable situation, such individuals quickly become a “pack.”
(Preparing for the Ugly Side of Human Nature BY Kellene Bishop at preparednesspro.wordpress.com)

HUMAN LOOK UPON YOUR BLOODY WORLD
All you ever seek is papers of gold
Their only ugly trees and stones
All that greed leaves only dead bones.
You evolved and then slowly grew
Still truly smart there’s little few
Evil of life lay within your heart
Not a thing fought it – how very smart.
Once were beautiful creatures around
Now from their lips comes not a sound
Most have been killed by weapons of man
Toxic water will lay rest under sand.
Once existed beings extinct – how sad.
What horrors see they – are you glad?
Grabbed with those fists all you wanted
Human you held much more than needed.
All this to show off their stuffed heads
And the skins as nice gifts to friends
All dead but carcasses – your decor at home
Don’t you notice pleading stares still whole?
Just look upon your world – see it human?
Can’t you leave those papers of gold?
It’s nothing but ugly trees and stones
Can’t you bury greed beside innocent bones?
(HUMAN LOOK UPON YOUR BLOODY WORLD, The Ugly Human World, Poetry by SandCass at fictionpress.com)

The major difference between human beings and animals is that humans are bound by ethics. The theory of evolution essentially undermines human ethics, which have been passed down generation after generation for thousands of years, and it promotes the bad side of human nature, that of selfishness and the pursuit of self-interest.
For many years, people believed that one should emphasize the benign side of human nature, whereas the demon nature of our human self, demonstrated as being selfish and pursuing self-interest, is understood as the ugly side of human nature. Historically, people have been taught to put effort into eliminating this ugly side. “Cultivating ourselves, governing the country, and making the world peaceful” refers to subduing the evil nature of human beings, in order to cultivate to be a noble and well-mannered person. Respecting one’s parents and being loyal to one’s country are human behaviors with deep historical roots. Under the binding force of human basic morality, people are not as susceptible to being influenced by their demon nature; the kind side of human nature will thus play the leading role. This enables society to progress normally and in a healthy way, and prolongs human civilization.
A person who thinks of others all the time and contributes to society quietly, and a person who improves his moral standards, is not praised but rather pushed down, often to the point of losing their basic living space. A saying in China — “laughing at the poor instead of the prostitutes” — has emerged, where it is implied that wealth and power are much more important than morality. Even mafia leaders have become role models and heroes. Let’s think about the saying “early bird gets the worm,” is the implication that birds that get up late end up dying of hunger? Is that right? In a real life setting, even though a person desperately strives for his own self-interest with no consideration of the means he adopts, can he necessarily achieve his goals?
Many people are most preoccupied with how to make themselves more competitive. When they found that people who are honest and law-abiding were easily taken advantage of, they made themselves out to be very cunning in order to “keep up with the ever-changing trend.” Everyone is bending their values for a little more perceived personal gain. Seldom is there anyone who dares to challenge whether moral implication is right or not. Under such an environment, many parents are focusing so much attention on how to make their child adjust to this “competitive society.” The schools’ education doesn’t emphasize ethics and only counts academic achievement.
Many have lost themselves in competition and spend all of their time and energy running around in circles in pursuit of something. Even for those who have gained the upper hand, they don’t have a moment of real peace. In addition, they have to watch out for the competition behind them! People feel that they are leading such arduous lives and are worn out. They are struggling under the concept of “survival of the fittest” in order to gain a foothold in a society where morality has completely deteriorated. People are hurting one another in order to win, and they do whatever it takes, even if it is wicked.
(The Undermining Effect of the Theory of Evolution on Human Morality by Qingyuan at clearwisdom.net)
School is the first public place that many children get the opportunity to demonstrate mastery and competence outside of their early family environment. The Ugly Fact is that deliberate decision to leave children, who struggle academically, behind by withholding personal engagement with teachers and school-based resources results in early school failure. Early failure in the Education System typically leads to disillusionment, frustration, withdrawal, and acting out for children. So, children often drop out of school socially and emotionally well before they are able to do so physically. Grade retention and administrative discharges ease the way to dropping out altogether. These tactics are examples of institutionalized human behavior (automatic reactions to similarities, differences, and positive and negative stereotypes) which perpetuates itself, regardless of the players.
Research has shown that typical Juvenile Justice System strategies of punishment for the purpose of deterrence utilizing confinement for long periods, in large juvenile facilities, and in adult criminal justice facilities do not prevent delinquent behavior – and in fact sometimes increases delinquent behavior. If left to current practices, 33 out of 100 behaviorally-disruptive young children will go on to commit status and delinquent offenses, and 11 of those will persist in committing criminal behavior. With increased involvement in the juvenile justice system, the Ugly Fact is that these 11 will very likely graduate to continuous involvement with the criminal justice system.
(5 Ugly Facts About Human Behavior – Dr. Jennifer Rounds-Bryant at 5uglyfacts.com)

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