Do It For Yourself

The human condition can be overwhelming at times. Many of us live with the pressure of expectation and desire. Check out this post…

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3 realisations:

  1. I second guess myself quite a bit and try to look at myself through others eyes. What do they think of me? What do they see? What can I do better?
  2. This is a part of human nature.
  3. This is exhausting. Doing everything for others is a difficult and ultimately unfulfilling way to live.

Most of us live for others. Think about it.

Go on, really think.

Do you get up and go to work or school everyday because you want to? Or is it because someone else wants you to? Your family? Someone else important to you? The government? Society? (I’m not saying you should you stop going to work or school. I’m saying you should think about why.)

Living for others is a tiring and depressing way to live. You second guess every step you take, questioning if that’s what others think you should do. But…

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View in Human Nature

Is there an innate human nature? Or is it learned? This is today’s question…

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At birth, I believe people are born neutral. They born with a growth force which allows them the change throughout life, and capable being anything they want to be.

Personality development is most influenced by learning, early-rearing patterns, values that we are taught, environment, relationship with others, modelling the behaviors of others, and cultural influences.

As people grow older, I believe they are capable in moderate changes in their personality, but determined by their early childhood experience.

Change is likely to be most facilitated by a focus on the conscious mind, thoughts, behaviors, feelings, the past, present, and future, the unfinished business, memories, and one’s “real” self.

This is actually an activity box in one of my textbook,
I should expand it into more paragraphs of explanation, why I view human nature and personality like that.
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Something needs to happen

I am of the opinion that human desire leads to greatness and weakness. Desire is the part of human condition that leads to murder, burglary, rape, etc. I enjoyed the perspective of this article and thought to share with you guys…
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Witnessing Why

-homicide, gun control and the American, or more directly, human experience

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In 2012 Chicago had 450 deaths by shooting, Detroit 350, LA over 500, New York City 400, Philly 300, D.C., where our legislators meet on capitol hill, 100.

Chicago’s murder rate matches all of Japan and is higher than Spain, Poland and pre-war Syria. But Chicago isn’t even the worst. New Orleans and Detroit are in competition year to year for the number 1 spot of most murders by firearm per 100,000 people.

Of course where there is a higher population there will be more murders. Let’s break it down by gun murders per 100,000 people. Chicago had 18 murders per 100,000, New Orleans 54, LA 7, Philly 21, NYC 5, D.C. 13, Detroit 57.

Interestingly, New York, California, Illinois and Pennsylvania have the strictest gun control laws yet house these cities with high murder rates by firearm.

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My View on Human Tragedies: Why Some Do What They Do

Paul-Tillich-alone-quotesWhen I was studying philosophy and religion at UNC Charlotte, we spent a lot of time, as one would expect, on the nature of mankind. My favorite theologian and existentialist was and is Paul Tillich, he had an incredible mind and ability to put the human condition is perspective.

In his work The Courage To Be, Tillich discussed how a loss in the meaning of life causes a plague-like condition of anxiety . He cited courage as the cure. He goes on to discuss how having courage is the strength to go on living a quality existence even when faced with the fact that we all will finally die and may not live with any great purpose. Also, that people will spend their lives living with a huge amount of guilt for not being perfect or good enough.

We have had another mass shooting in the United States and with this tragedy comes questions.  How could someone do such a horrible thing?  Should we have stronger gun laws?  How do we stop these mass shootings?  What is going on with people these days?  How could a loving God allow such violence?

Unfortunately, there are many painful truths about humankind.  One of those facts is the competitive, aggressive and selfish nature that lives inside us.

You can take away guns, knives, ammunition, but you cannot take away the human condition. Where there exists insecurity, there will exist desire. And desire is one of the most powerful forces in man. It can launch a person into space and it can kill another for $25.

It is the condition in which we exist. It is the condition in which we will always exist. It is an inescapable fact of being human.

Just a thought for a Monday morning…