[LMB] OT: human nature - Language changes

Peter Hews Peterhews at protonmail.com
Sat Sep 25 19:41:08 BST 2021

On Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 at 10:38, tidsel via Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
> ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
> On Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 at 9:34 PM, Matija Grabnar via Lois-Bujold lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk wrote:
> > So, be the best person you can be, and don't use other people's "human
> >
> > nature" as an excuse.
> There are some scientific ideas of what is human nature as in '6 things we all do' https://www.newscientist.com/round-up/human-nature/
Irritating clickbait piece which can be summed up, without the clip art photos, as saying that humans do things - eating, mating, communicating, social organising - much more elaborately and with more intentional complication than any other species.  Which tells us nothing about "human nature."

> But I agree that generally it is used as an excuse to do what you want, or do nothing.
> Same with 'it is the way of the world'.

Yes, both are lazy conservatives' shorthand for "Nothing can be done, life's like that, live with it."

> No, it is the way we make the world.

True.  There is no obsolete and extinct custom or way of life which wasn't, in its day, considered the natural order of things that couldn't ever possibly change.
> To be true, we are group animals and influence each other, but we are also individuals and can think for ourselves. If we choose.

It is difficult.  Many studies have shown how easily we can be influenced by a perception of what the majority thinks and feels.  Most of the power of the media - old style and modern noline - is in creating an illusion of concensus that draws people along with it.

Peter Hews

Oh better far to live and die under the brave black flag I fly,
Than play a sanctimonious part with a pirate head and a pirate heart.

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