Shame — a unique human characteristic, condition

Question from the Internet:

“How primitive is shame in the human condition?”

Shame is actually a very unique, specifically human characteristic, sharply differentiating is from other animals.

This unique emotion - which burns is inside as nothing else - most of the time prevents us from doing “shameful" things, at least in more developed individuals.

In our times this inbuilt shame that protects us is gradually disappearing, as our insatiable, overgrown ego cannot care less about shame when it needs to fulfill itself at all cost.

But we haven’t even felt the real shame yet, the sensation only “truly Human" beings feel. That is not a shame felt towards other human beings from lowly physical actions.

This unique, truly Human shame appears when we are already working, making efforts towards fulfilling our predetermined, evolutionary Human purpose, role in Nature’s perfect, integral system, and we realize that we could have perfected, improved, upgraded ourselves for that purpose but we didn’t.

Hopefully, gradually we all start to rise from our present level of shame, or shamelessness to that truly Human shame facing Nature’s system and its evolutionary plan that have us life for a very specific purpose.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.