Nature vs. Nurture

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Sonia Estrada
CP 12/Educational Philosophy
October 4th 2011
Nature vs. nurture
People all over the world have argued if humans are born savages, or are they created. My opinion on this issue is humans are born savages but due to society those instincts are suppressed. Since the day where born we are taught wrong from right. We follow the rules of both society and our parents. Initially our parents are the ones we learn from. The truth is nurturing plays a big role in humans been civilized. Like Schopenhauer states “Man is at the bottom a wild and terrible animal. We know him only as what we call civilization has tamed and trained him; hence we are alarmed by the occasional breaking out of his true nature. But whenever the locks and chains of law and order are cast off, and anarchy comes in, he shows himself for what he really is.” this quote basically states that with society people act civilized because that’s the norm but once those chains come of humans go to their natural born instinct which are animalistic. The perfect example is the book Lord of the flies written by William Golding in the back of the book it quotes without adult supervision, together these boys must now confront not only the defects of their society, but the defects of their own suppressed human nature. In chapter 1 titled the sound of the shell the boys have just arrived on the island they attempt to make a government by electing a leader. Basically in chapter 1 they are still fairly civilized. But as you will soon find out they slowly but surely digress. Chapter two in my opinion are the first signs of them veering of society/civilization. It’s not anything dramatic but it surely isn’t something civilized kids would do. In chapter 2 page 41 it states the flames flapped higher and the boys broke out into a cheer. The boys were dancing. Ralph said more wood! All of you get more wood. Think for a second is it normal to dance around fire? The only people I can...
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