Originally Posted by hannigan
I think humans are mostly good .
The whole humans are bad is a control lie .
I think institutions and groups create this illusion and corporate media reinforces it.
Any even cursory study of history shows that, while individual humans might be quite nice, groups of humans can usually be depended on to be vicious, murderous competitors. There has never been a time in recorded history when some group wasn't trying to subjugate or eliminate another group of humans.
There's a proverb that goes "At home, me against my brother. In the house, me and my brother against our cousins. In the village, me, my brother, my cousins against our neighbors. Outside, me, my brother, my cousins and our neighbors against the whole world."
Humans (like most organisms) are fundamentally about passing our DNA downstream, and ensuring its survival. If you aren't part of my family, or my tribe, or my ethnic group, your DNA is less identical to mine, and therefore your survival is less important, in fact you're competing for resources MY descendants need. This is one of the underpinnings of racism and nationalism. The ironic thing about this is that the most widely different humans are actually more closely related than, say, collies and beagles. We're practically identical, minus skin tint, hair and facial features.