On Our Innate Qualities Of Social Behavior

I find the following two common philosophies among many Christians disturbing:

1. That every person is born in sin.
2. And/or that humans are somehow incapable of distinguishing right from wrong on our own, without some external aid from a celestial deity.

I find both premises lack merit, and quite frankly make no sense.

Every thing that exists has principle and function.

A rock has the natural qualities of a rock, and albeit its function may be dormant; nonetheless the rock provides a surface for things of different qualities to rest upon. To that end the rock is naturally equipped.

A tree has the natural qualities of a tree, and among its functions are those of being a source of feeding and shade. To those ends the tree is naturally equipped.

Water has the natural qualities of water, and it functions to provide sustenance and life for many beings; including our own species. To a variety of such ends, water is naturally equipped.

Humans have the natural qualities of humanness, and among our functions is that of social behavior. To that end we humans are naturally equipped.

To conclude otherwise would make no sense.

How is that, that of all the myriad of things in all the universe, we; who appear to be of the highest degree of level of communication, creativity, and compassion; are somehow incapable of one of our most basic functions, that of social behavior, without some external aid of an alleged celestial deity?

I maintain that everything that naturally exists, is naturally equipped with certain distinctive qualities to function so as to effect certain basic principles, which are unique to each such thing.

To conclude otherwise with reference to a mere one among the incalculable things in all the known universe, simply makes no sense to me.

Hence I conclude, that we humans are naturally equipped with all necessary qualities to distinguish right from wrong, which is of course a most basic aspect of proper social behavior.

And thus my personal perspective is, that the cultivation of my natural qualities of goodness, is both the most natural of all endeavors, and the most noble of all efforts.

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5 thoughts on “On Our Innate Qualities Of Social Behavior

  1. To which I would add that distinguishing right from wrong has no absolute value. It is a social adaption that increases the survivability of individuals and, well, so freaking what? So, a bunch of us survive? BFD Even the concept of absolute morality fails the sniff test of reason.

  2. I love the examples you cited though I will confess I am a Christian and I disagree with your conclusion. I do actually wonder if your premesis are necessary to Christianity. #1 seems to be original sin which is a hotly debated topic among theologians. Though if we were to take orginal sin for granted I am not sure the fact that human beings are naturally equipped to be social and do good is against Christianity, for this is how we were naturally equipped, it is just that the fall of Adam happened. #2 I am not sure I would say is a certian Christian belief either. Some passages suggest that God’s moral law, the difference between right and wrong, is something everyone intuitively knows. I do enjoy the discussion about function and purpose… you have a way to simply put things that I enjoy. I also do enjoy the examples of other things and using those examples to draw principles, and applying them.

    • Jeff,

      I wish to thank you for your read and for your comments!

      Also, thank you for helping me to see a short coming in my opening statement: Your comments made me aware that I had overgeneralized my initial statement; inadvertently stating a falsehood in the process. I overgeneralized and left a false impression that ALL Christians hold each of those views, which is of course false (And I should have known better as I was raised in the Church of Christ; and we did not believe in the doctrine of original sin)

      Anyway, I have edited my opening comment to state that many Christians hold each or both of those views. My conversations throughout my life and more recently on line have made such apparent to me, yet not all Christians hold either of those views.

      You have my deepest gratitude for your read, reply, and kind comments.

      A great day to you; today and always!!

      Dave

      • That is very humble of you Dave. πŸ™‚ I would still have some of the same disagreements with your argument, but in any case, you can let me know if you want to discuss further. πŸ™‚ If not I wish you the best. You seem to have a good creative mind which can be helpful for doing philosophy no matter if you believe or do not.

  3. Nice article…I like it.
    And, regarding the comment from Steve, for my money distinguishing right from wrong is beneficial and has value. It leads to altruism, which leads to trust. And trust is a commodity sorely lacking in today’s world.

    Mistrust is one of the roots evil, along with jealousy, greed and selfishness. Money doesn’t even get a look in!

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