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Human survival instinct

Once you study the theory of evolution and understand that we are evolved beings, and that we are related to all animals and therefore we still demonstrate many animalistic instincts, we can actually become more tolerant of human defects. You can feel more sympathetic for those who are not so bright, for those who are born with mental illnesses, for those who are born gay and for those who are not so “nice”. Due to our survival instinct, sometimes human beings are not nice. When being nice means losing something, those with a stronger sense of survival sometimes show a very mean and aggressive side. Sometimes our survival instinct does not affect our fellow human beings (such as in the movie “127 Hours”), but many times it does.

What are the examples of human survival instinct at play?

-At work, when people steal ideas or betray coworkers;
-In catastrophic situations, such a fire in a closed space, when humans trample each other to get out;
-In life, when women protect their men from other women (exes and other relatives included), so their man spends their money with them and not with others);
-In business, when people lie and try to portray a false impression of their product or financial situation;
-When siblings become enemies fighting for their parents’ inheritance;
-Corruption, in politics or business;
-When children lie to their parents to avoid their wrath;
-When married people lie to each other to avoid losing them, and facing consequences;
-In social climbing people, who will do anything to meet and “hang out” with important people?
-In war, where killing your enemy means your survival;
-In traffic, where aggressive people want to get ahead of others;
-When you don’t speak up about some kind of injustice, afraid of either losing your job or suffering backlash;
-When charity and giving is done to make one feel good-about themselves.

Fortunately for humans, we know we cannot go too far in protecting ourselves. We know we need other people. We cannot alienate them, or we pay a huge price. We need to live in society, so there are limits to our selfishness and individualism.

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February 15, 2011 - Posted by | Atheism, Society

7 Comments »

  1. post have become a bit….dark.

    Comment by Pete Dwyer | February 15, 2011 | Reply

  2. If you can follow what Christ informs humans of to lead a life of Love, you will not live as an animal as you have described. People who do not listen to his message of Love, will act like animals without morals. Christ is not asking you to be more than just a loving human being. Is that so hard?

    Comment by Todd Chavey | February 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Dear Todd: the most hypocritical people I know are religious, and the atheist people I know are the sanest, better married, respectful & honest people I know. Morals come from your parents, society and the need for humans to get along-or face extinction. Also, intelligence. Intelligent people are less prone to bad decisions. Jesus (who was a man, a charismatic leader, if he existed since there were so many rebels like him in those days) had some nice obvious messages (written by men in the middle ages, AFTER Jesus, but the bible is a book of fear & and an angry god. He sent the talking snake? That’s a fairy tale! Morals are exclusive of religion. Any religion. Anyhow, human beings do have a strong survival instinct. And many decisions we make & actions we take come from that.

      Comment by Brasilmagic | April 21, 2011 | Reply

  3. yeah todd but you can do that with out christ and religion. You can be a loving person with out all of the made up fairytale rubbish.

    Comment by Zak | April 20, 2011 | Reply

  4. Its my first time to hear about Survival Instinct.In a marriage,how does it apply?

    Comment by Lindile Kona | September 24, 2012 | Reply

    • When you think you can do better than your spouse.

      Comment by Brasilmagic | September 24, 2012 | Reply

  5. Brasilmagic:
    I don’t know what kind of Christians you know, but Christians really are not suppose to be like that, and I have found that atheist can be very hypocritical. Also, the men that wrote about Jesus, while most wrote about him 300-400 years later, there were also people that wrote about him that lived during his lifetime, example John the Baptist. Lastly, obviously there was no talking snake, Jesus used stories to explain his faith and his message.

    Comment by Bob | October 15, 2012 | Reply


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