?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Sermon For Today.

Big Sister once told me about human nature.

She was trekking somewhere in South East Asia with a few other backpackers and a local guide.

They were in a place of tall grass, with a solitary tree nearby.

There was a rustling in the grass, and someone asked "what's that?".

The guide said "might be tiger".

And everyone headed for the tree.

There were no heroics, there was no bravery and no altruism. They pushed and shoved each other to get up that tree to safety.

~~~

Her conclusion was that in such a situation, people will fight for their own lives but that is not our 'true' nature. What we do is try and ensure we are not in such situations. We create circumstances that avoid this. We mostly choose circumstances that bring out other qualities, which are just as real.

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
dragonsally
Aug. 3rd, 2013 06:21 am (UTC)
I wonder if they might have acted differently if there were children or other people there who couldn't run and climb that tree by themselves. This is a good thing to ponder on such a dark and gloomy afternoon.
splodgenoodles
Aug. 3rd, 2013 06:43 am (UTC)
I've wondered this too, because we don't like to see that selfish aspect of ourselves. I think of it a lot.

But I think that's the point: that although we have this selfish aspect to our nature, it's not more "real" than other aspects, and that what matters is that we endevour to avoid situations that require sheer selfishness for survival.

Far too often people take a situation like this as proof of a 'true' nature. And she realised it's just one facet, in one situation.
villana
Aug. 3rd, 2013 08:23 am (UTC)
And the smart monkey realises that tigers can climb trees.
splodgenoodles
Aug. 3rd, 2013 08:59 am (UTC)
Which is why the smartest monkey gets highest up the tree.
villana
Aug. 3rd, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
Or trip that monkey who has been pissing them off lately
;)
pondhopper
Aug. 3rd, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
I do think that the instinct of self preservation often overrides just about everything else... even though cats climb trees...
( 6 comments — Leave a comment )

Profile

Penelope intro
splodgenoodles
Affordable Beans

Latest Month

May 2018
S M T W T F S
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Jamison Wieser