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Is killing human nature

People kill all of the time but is it in our nature

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    Sep 21 2013: I personally think hunting is not a human nature, it's a skill. Just as you are surrounded by sea , you have to learn swimming for survival. And you pass on the skill to your descendants, they can swim too. Some of them get addicted to it and develop it into their hobbies, it can't be considered as a nature.
  • Sep 21 2013: Nadav,
    But you must consider that humans in their primal state need to kill to survive so who is to say that even though it is not needed in this present moment in time it still isn't human nature.
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    Sep 21 2013: I think human nature has not always been the same, and that our ancestors' (specifically right before we stopped evolving because of our dominance) lifestyle can be evident in our current nature. First off, I am by no means an anthropologist and only know things about cavemen or whatever you want to call them from less than reliable, but believable sources. Since our male ancestors had to kill for food (this makes sense to me as I'm sure at one time we were less evolved and were more animalistic; also makes sense that is was the males hunting as we are the physically larger gender of our species (and even if our current imbalance of size is the effect, the logic still works)), I believe that evolved males have a strong killing sense. Our male ancestors that did not have a killing sense were not likely to survive or procreate (as I'd assume that women were more likely to have sex with someone that they thought could feed their family).

    Hopefully that was coherent (feel free to ask questions) and thanks for the question!
  • Sep 20 2013: For some people, killing comes as naturally as breathing. Those are the (very) rare exception, thankfully, and usually don't get very far at all without learning self control.

    As for the rest of us, its a skill that can be taught, same as anything else. Its no more inherent to humanity than fetching a stick is for a dog. Most people go about their lives having never killed anyone after all.
  • Sep 21 2013: Yes it is and we need to be trained from birth not to.
  • Sep 21 2013: Killing is a response, not necessarily a nature.
    It doesn't seem to be immoral either, as we continue to kill everything there is to kill.
    And, those who have told the general population not to kill, do most of the killing and
    have for millennium. I could assume for myself therefore, that it isn't immoral.
    We have instincts and when they get out of proportion to their "intended purpose"
    (not sure what that might be), then they are destructive, damaging, hurtful and
    perhaps, immoral.
    Interesting point I came across about a month ago.
    Supposedly the word 'kill' originally meant 'to slaughter'. What if other words, such as in the
    Ten Commandments, meant something else or were changed? We know many different people
    had a hand in the writing of this horrible book, the Bible, and that much was changed at the whim
    of those involved.
    How would human life have evolved if it had said, "Thou cannot kill!"?
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    Sep 20 2013: I don't think so. If you don't let a newly born baby kill something, it won't feel uncomfortable, I think.