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October 10th, 2013, 10:22
Originally Posted by dteowner View Post
If it were learned behavior, you wouldn't see it in animals. They don't get socially indoctrinated. But some animals are social, right? If it were cognitive social behavior, you wouldn't see it in "dumb" animals like insects. Yet, we do. Instinct.
Animals have no desire to see others suffer at all, why would you think that?

But animals are even less informed than human beings - so obviously they're bound to follow their instincts to protect, breed, survive, etc. and they haven't got the slightest chance of appreciating the consequences.

I'm not saying human beings don't have those instincts - I'm saying we don't have an instinctual desire to hurt other people without reason or to watch people suffer. That's why it's possible to avoid it.

If hurting, killing or having more money or material wealth were instincts in themselves - then it wouldn't be possible. At least, I don't think it would be.

Which is why we come back to knowledge and understanding.
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