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Post Reply If all the jerks were killed off, would humanity become nicer?
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Posted 5/12/16 , edited 5/12/16
Sort of a spin off of qualeshia3's thread "If all of the stupid people were killed off, would humanity become smarter"

How much of rude behavior is learned? What about racism, or homophobia or other forms of bigotry? Are they purely cultural or part some sort of natural human instinct to shun those who are different?

What about altruistic behavior? People donate to charities all the time, is this because they are taught that it is a good thing to do or is it some natural urge to assist others even if it risks putting oneself at a disadvantage? Does this come with the expectation that the favor will be returned when the time comes?

I don't think humanity suffers from a lack of intelligence, I think it suffers from a lack of consideration for others. It suffers from close-mindedness, distrust for each other, and a reluctance to learn new things. There are too many of us just out there for ourselves, and that's what's going to screw all of us over.
Posted 5/12/16
You'll have to kill oversensitive people, too.
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I think the world would be boring as fuck
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LaughedAtByTheGods wrote:

You'll have to kill oversensitive people, too.


Na you just have to build really big safe spaces (like an Island or something) and you won't need to worry about them anymore
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But everyone's an asshole at some point (especially in the morning) and those very that aren't tend to be extremely boring. So, no.
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Posted 5/12/16 , edited 5/27/16
What is considered nice?

Also how would you define a jerk?

I personally think the same thing would happen as it would with the "killing all stupid people".

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LaughedAtByTheGods wrote:

You'll have to kill oversensitive people, too.


I'm not actually proposing we kill anyone, but I understand what you mean. In my eyes, over-sensitivity is just another form of self-centered thinking.
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idk i'd be dead
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Posted 5/12/16
I like Qualeshia's idea better.
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FutileMasquerade wrote:

Sort of a spin off of qualeshia3's thread "If all of the stupid people were killed off, would humanity become smarter"

How much of rude behavior is learned? What about racism, or homophobia or other forms of bigotry? Are they purely cultural or part some sort of natural human instinct to shun those who are different?


What about altruistic behavior? People donate to charities all the time, is this because they are taught that it is a good thing to do or is it some natural urge to assist others even if it risks putting oneself at a disadvantage? Does this come with the expectation that the favor will be returned when the time comes?




I don't think humanity suffers from a lack of intelligence, I think it suffers from a lack of consideration for others. It suffers from close-mindedness, distrust for each other, and a reluctance to learn new things. There are too many of us just out there for ourselves, and that's what's going to screw all of us over.



Well racism is usually learned from one's parents or family from what I've seen. Homophobia on the other hand of course has most of its origins from religious teachings of various faiths. To answer the second part of your question, I honestly don't know. From a business perspective I would think it would be advantageous to have others who are different to supplement your faults and to take others' perspectives into account when making large decisions that affect many different types of people.

Altruism, I hear all of these academics claim that people cannot do things without expecting something in return. Doesn't making the world a better place count as a reward? Sometimes people expect something in return, but I highly doubt than when one gives a beggar money or donates can food they are thinking in terms of quid pro quo.

Maybe humanity doesn't suffer from a lack of intelligence, but rather a lack of a proper education for many. I have seen people say some quite ignorant things and anyone who had proper schooling would know that those things are false. There are times people cannot give you proper change because they are incapable of doing simple math, cannot write without countless spelling errors to the point it is basically unintelligible, or saying ignorant things like isn't Africa a country. Not all of these people lack IQ points, but are victims of education systems that do not care about or make it a low priority to have an educated population, thus when they have their own children it is more likely to see the cycle repeat itself.

On your final point, while being unable to trust others since they belong to another group is stupid in and off itself, being overly trusting of strangers isn't exactly smart either.
Posted 5/12/16
I would say alot of the behavior is taught from an early age, alot of it steming from religious world views and comparing other cultures with our own culture and having this dumbass compulsive tendency to see if their for or against us, are they right or wrong,etc...
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Posted 5/12/16
We are all jerks in one way or the other
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Posted 5/13/16
statistically yes, but you would need to define 'jerk' a little better. we all have jerk-like tendencies in our nature. someone who's in a bad mood and cuts someone off, would they be a permanent jerk that needs to be eliminated? homophobia, racism and the like are learned so yes it is safe to assume if they disappeared the hatred towards these groups would go away, but people would still hate people for being different. i think getting rid of all jerks, while a nice idea, doesn't solve the problem, it just buys us time before a new crop of jerks comes along.
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Posted 5/13/16 , edited 5/13/16
it wouldn't be nicer...because that is an stupid idea.

But those who want to and does terrorise stuff, then more or less sure... also most of those "jerks" would be behind a "straight innocent" smile...
Posted 5/13/16
Everyone's a jerk on occasion, so by that logic everyone would die.
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