Why is human history riddled with conflicts and war?
An opinion from the Internet:
“The reasons are simple — what first happened 12,000 ago? The agricultural revolution, private property in land and crops. In other words, the very condition for warfare to start for the first time.
Human nature CHANGED in line with the means of getting a living. Human nature is not an eternal constant.
In fact, even today, there are societies without private property, without warfare, without a state, with egalitarianism, including gender.
I’ll just name two because is enough to disprove your thesis about human nature being inherently selfish, egoistic and exploitative:
The Batek People of Malaysia
The Kung San of Southern Africa
There are anthropological fieldwork studies available online and a whole book about the Batek.”
First, I would like to note that what I wrote is not my opinion or thesis. I simply study and publicize a very profound, millennia-old, empirical natural science that deals with human nature and how we fit into Nature’s lawful, mutually integrated system.
You are completely right that human nature is not static. It constantly grows, evolves and intensifies, but this constant change relates to human nature qualitatively. In terms of its quality, human nature is inherently egocentric, subjective, self-serving and self-justifying and only the strength and intensity of this quality changes.
Indeed, we can still find communities and tribes where our inherently selfish and egoistic human quality — the only thing that differentiates human beings from other animals — is less or not even apparent. Races and cultures develop differently; in some cases, there could be centuries of difference between them.
For example, we can see how India is still much more family-oriented than Western countries, with several generations living together for cultural and financial reasons. But the “Westernization” and the alienation of people from each other can already be observed in the younger generation, and it will continue regardless of what leaders might try since the “inner drive” of our inherent DNA will make us become totally selfish and egoistic whatever we do.
This is neither evil nor sinful, evolution programmed us this way. Our job is to recognize and accept this original operating software within us. Then we can learn how to “upgrade” ourselves. This is how we can consciously become “human beings” purposefully similar to Nature.
We can ignore this, debate it, and reject this, but sooner or later, we will have no other option but to accept who we are and what we have to become.