Creatures of Habit

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Creatures of Habit

Human behavior is a study that will never end, nor will there be one distinct theory or answer to the question that most people have pondered at one time or another: why do humans behave the way they do? Or, were human beings born inherently evil or good? Human beings are naturally selfish and carnal beings, having these tendencies from birth without having to be taught. Basic and consistent human behavior, Barbara Tuchman’s “This is the End of the World: The Black Death,” and Philip Gourevitch’s “After the Genocide” reflect how Thomas Hobbes’ theory of human behavior may, very likely be true.

At a very young age, humans show signs of selfishness and greed. An infant or toddler naturally wants all the toys for their self and are forced to share with other children or siblings. An infant or toddler calls everything “mine.” Before an infant can even speak, they show signs of mischievous behavior by touching that hot oven when the parent isn’t looking and they know not to, or simply not listening to a parents instructions or requests. A child does not have to be taught how to do these things, they were born with this capability to know how to behave badly. As a child ages, a parent does not have to illustrate how to lie, be selfish with their toys, or be disobedient because these actions and behaviors come naturally to a child. It is a part of life to teach a child right from wrong because no child is born knowing the difference; they have to be informed. The process of teaching one right from wrong does not end in childhood. As a child ages into a young adult, they still show signs of this natural ability. Adults do have the capacity to learn more quickly from their mistakes because they are more mature. However, adults are naturally judgmental, envious, boastful, self-seeking, and power seeking, which are all traits that do not have to be demonstrated or developed. A human being does have to develop the right behaviors and practice them...
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