The concept of human nature is traditionally contrasted not only with unusual human characteristics, but also with characteristics which are derived from specific cultures and how people were brought up in life. In science the “nature versus nurture” debate is a well-known modern discussion about human nature. The questions of whether there truly are fixed characteristics, what these natural characteristics are, and what causes them are amongst the oldest of questions in both philosophy and science.
The common-thread that binds people together is in the word “human” while the word “nature” emphasizes the differences that give us our individuality, cultural diversity and possibilities. Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, were all against a fixed human nature. Life in accordance with nature was intended, but as Rousseau said: “We do not know what our nature permits us to be.”
Limited and Unlimited
Psychologists Leda Cosmides and Robert Kurzban are not positive about human nature: “We are coalitional, hierarchical, and envious zero-sum thinkers so that liberal capitalism is unlikely (succeed in our society).” Evolutionary Psychologists say that the basics of the human mind haven’t changed for about 50,000 years. Modern skulls house Stone Age minds.
On the other hand, Gold Medal winners have positive visualizations all the time, every time. Also, great achievers have a crystal-clear vision of the end result of their works. They make a commitment to get there.
Kate Ludeman says that the key to influencing a human being is not in the logic of attracting the conscious, but in the image of attracting the unconscious. In the past many researchers studied genius people (still, human beings) and concluded that to be outstanding in any field, you have to be persistent in the study of one field and add your originality on top of it. Human originality starts from studying others. Beethoven’s early works were Mozart copies, however his later compositions, 5th, 6th, and 9th symphonies were Beethoven’s originals.
Napoleon Hill once commented on Sixth Sense.
“The “sixth sense” is the faculty that marks the difference between a genius and an ordinary individual.”
This is why we need to pay attention to our intuition. Anything you notice has meaning.
You notice it because it is your intuitive grasp. You do not know the reason why, but your intuition does. Intuition is a vital part of human nature. Do not ignore it.