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Thank Goddess it's Freya's Day!

I just read an article about recent research indicating that the altruistic impulse emerges as early as 18 months. As the hopelessly smitten godmother of a beautiful toddler, I could have told them that. Since before she turned one, she has been in the habit of giving us her bottles, her "babies" and anything else nice that makes her happy, and in her sweet little mind, would obviously make us happy too. She's kind to her doggies, she laughs and smiles at everything, she trustingly lifts her arms to us to be picked up.

Maybe the world makes people hard and ugly later on, but I know, as plain truth, that at least some people are born good.

Why am I so sunny and optimistic today? Shame on you! You should be asking why so often I am not.

The sun is up, the sky is blue, it's beautiful, and so are you.

Possibly good news to be reported soon!


Mar. 3rd, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Humans are born into this world with no concept of fear or hate. I mean *conceptual* fear or hate. Loud noises and rough treatment will set off instinctual alarms in an infant still wet behind the ears. However, being afraid of fire, disease, insects, other people--hating things--this is learned. Love, however, seems to be instinctual as well. Children instinctually seek out their mother's voice and can bond the most lasting bonds of their life within the first 3 hours after birth. Of course, the many different kinds of love are also a learned behavior and have certain connotations thanks to society. Like, in Ancient Egypt, loving and sleeping with your sister was a high form of love. Ancient Greece, loving a woman was equivalent to loving your goat--neither had a soul. Today, incest and homosexuality are really taboo. But the instinct for connection is there. Now, I'm sure some people are born with chemical imbalances that make them apathetic, frustrated, angry, or aggressive, but meanness is taught. (I won't say it isn't instictual as well, since every society of every generation keeps producing mean people, so the quality may lie as a dormant potential in everyone. But I'm saying you have to get knocked around and coached in order to become mean. Meanness comes from a sense of entitlement, and what people feel entitled to is taught.) So, I've always felt everyone comes into this world good, or, if they're imbalanced, at least with a clean slate.

Wow, I got long winded. Sorry!
Mar. 3rd, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, I got long winded. Sorry!

Not at all! Excellent thoughts.

I agree that meanness is probably a learned behavior. Sure, fear and anger are innate, but cruelty is not necessarily the immediate response to these feelings. I personally can count on one hand the times I've behaved in a truly cruel manner, and I know plenty of other people who are the same (I'm not claiming to be special, here :) I think a lot of people would say that they tend to be cruel, but if you asked them to cite examples, it would turn out that they really aren't.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
wow, you should be encouraged to be long-winded. that was fab. :-)
Mar. 3rd, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
oh, thank you. ^_^



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