Sunday, April 22, 2012

Human Nature

LET 105 week 9, we learnt about human nature.
Vain, pride, love, hatred...
It is an ending string of emotions and behavior.

Dr.T asked us, why would a man justify, reminisce, empathize and regret his actions? (we were studying Thomas Hardy's The Man He Killed)
I answered jokingly, "because he is human"
I don't know how much my words can carry.
Dr.T said, yes, it is the human nature that causes man to act indecently.

He then tells us, many countries are still at war nowadays.
If, let's say, we put aside all of the human nature and behavior, can different countries be friends? Can enemy be friends?
The whole class went quiet, deep in thought.
Yes, I believe, if not for the vanity, the selfishness, also including the materialistic and others, enemies can actually be friends.

This reminds me of an interview with Lee Chong Wei I saw last week.
He said, even though he and LinDan were fierce enemy (probably arch enemy) in the badminton court, off court, they are good friends.
They can talk about anything, cars, family and others, except badminton.
Made me realize, the man is so vulnerable with these flaws, but yet, it is this very flaw that made us human. 
Salute to Thomas Hardy, salute to the beauty of being imperfect.

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