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The nature of man. What is the basic nature of man? The easiest way for me to understand the basic nature of man is to examine my own basic nature. What is my basic nature? What are my most basic and natural inclinations? What would happen if I always just followed my most basic inclinations, wants and impulses, followed them without thought or question? What would happen if I forgot God, ignored conscience, selfishly thought of no one but myself, and just did exactly what I wanted? What kind of life would I fall into? What would happen? I would be going from one good-looking woman to another like a bee goes from flower to flower, sampling each one. Some might be married. That wouldn't matter. There might be some that I would live with for a while but sooner or later another attractive temptation would come along and I would be off to new adventures. My life would be one long string of love affairs. I am not exaggerating. This is exactly what would happen. That is just my basic nature. That is my heart as it was when I was 15, when I was 25, when I 35, and as it is now; and, I am pretty sure, the way it will be until the day I die. It has always been that same old nature with all those same old desires, wants and inclinations. If I just followed my most basic impulses and desires there would be a long string of women in my life and, probably, a long trail of children, too. How about supporting all those children? Would I do that? If I let my basic inclinations rule? It sounds like a generous impulse. I would probably feel that it might be a nice thing to do if I thought I could. If I were terribly rich and had endless sums of money I might give it a try. But then if I had all that money I would probably get a lot more enjoyment out of spending it on myself than on hoards of children. All in all I imagine that the thought of accepting the responsibility of supporting all those children would sound pretty drab and depressing. If I did attempt to do it I am sure the attempt wouldn't last long. Accepting such a responsibility would just take all the fun out of life. It would be too much of a damper on everything. It would ruin all the fun. How would I live if I just blocked from my mind all thought of God, all reason, all concern for the consequences of my actions, and just let my basic nature rule? I would live for the minute, get all the gusto out of life that I could. I would experiment, try alcohol, drugs, anything that gave promise of pleasure. I would pursue women as the main object of life. Life for me, I am sure, would be wine, women and song. That kind of life requires money. I am sure I would always be looking for ways of acquiring money; especially big money and fast money. Hard work just doesn't have much appeal to my basic nature. The idea of working long, hard hours at some job, drudging along for some pittance, doesn't have much glamour to it at all. There is no fun or future in that. I am sure I would be looking for ways of making money, making easy money. I am sure all kinds of possibilities would suggest themselves: scams of one kind or another, the drug trade, bank robbery, etc.. My basic nature. If I let it rule, where would it take me? I know where it would take me. I knew where it would take me when I was 15 years old. I knew my basic nature very well at that age and my reason was quite adequate to tell me where it would take me if I let it rule. It would take me step by step down the road to profligacy and depravity. It would take me to the lowest depths. It would take me to a moral abyss. Is my basic nature any different from that of the rest of humanity? I don't think so. After observing the rest of humanity for 52 years I don't think so. After having said what I have about my basic nature I must now say that I have something else in me, too. It is an ideal in my mind, an image of the kind of person that I admire: a Godly person, a person of character, honor, honesty, decency, kindness, goodness; a selfless, self-denying person; a person whose word can be trusted totally; a just and upright person. This is my ideal. And it is a sort of personal standard for me. It is what I expect of myself. And it is what I must be in order to like myself. And, as for all those basic desires and inclinations, I have been very happily married to one woman for 25 years and have never been unfaithful to her. Oct 1991 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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