Human Nature

We observe that our nature is comprised of genetic traits, because these remain relatively fixed, and environmental experiences, because these vary among individuals. It is ethical/rational that our genetic traits be the foundation of our consensus-building, our decision-making, and our global society, such that our environment, and thus the variable elements of our nature, may be ordered by the fixed elements of our nature, to resonate with them, to enhance them, to support them. This suggests that our understanding of human nature be among our highest priorities.

We learn human nature first through our personal experience and awareness of our own spontaneous thoughts, feeling reactions, and physical, mental and spiritual capacities and limitations. We second take into account environmental influences and third take into account the nature expressed by each other to estimate the universality and range of each aspect of our nature.

We may organize our observations of human nature into our needs, our capacities, and our tendencies. Our needs and our capacities we observe to be determined by natural law. Our tendencies we observe to be determined by our environmental experiences.

Our needs, as described by Maslow, include food/shelter, safety, love/belonging, esteem/respect, and actualization (reaching our peak potental). Meeting needs in this order is most ethical/rational, though we only reach our peak potential by meeting all needs via strategies of least work/cost/harm. Stress indicates needs not met, and ethicality/rationality requires monitoring stress. • Our capacities include various motor skills, sensory perception, short/long-term memory, conscious and subconscious thought, deductive and inductive reasoning, symbolism, association, expression, communication, cooperation, creativity, affection, trust, hope, and ethics. Our capacities are fully realized when we reach our peak potential (i.e. actualize). Likewise, stress indicates breaching our capacity limits. • Our tendencies include passion, aspiration, initiative, exploration, habituation, reflection, celebration, indulgence, cooperation, and nurturance. Our tendencies have potential to create stress.

Our capacities include the ability to build and utilize induction/deduction models for processing inputs and predicting outcomes and making choices. In these models we scale each input to varying degrees with elements of natural law to predict outcomes and make choices. The accuracy of these models depends on our choices of which natural law elements scale which inputs to which degrees.

Our capacities include the ability to build and utilize value systems to produce the degrees to which we apply elements of natural law in our induction/deduction models. We build our value systems by organizing or categorizing items in our minds according to observable, self-evident elements of natural law, plus estimates of appropriate associations we generate with our induction/deduction models. The accuracy of these value systems depends on the accuracy of these estimates, plus our choices of which natural law elements and which estimates we apply to building our value systems.

Our tendencies begin at birth with an awareness and pursuit of gratifications, pleasures or comforts, from food, warmth, sleep, and human contact, and a quelling of any discomforts, with no thoughts of strategies, rather only an instinct to cry. Our gratifications from human contact increase in number and significance as initial senory sources of sound and touch expand to include sight when we begin visual recognition of our caregivers' faces. Our gratifications continue to expand after we discover our physiological capacities to smile and laugh, to experience joy, triggered by social contact. Tendencies to pursue gratifications of needs met continue to develop along with capacities to devise strategies to meet needs. These capacities/tendencies include conceiving, acquiring and habituating ideas, values, hypotheses, associations, conditionings, preferences, passions, desires, hopes, fears, concerns, assumptions, prejudicies, superstitions, rituals, traditions, choices, actions, processes, routines and strategies. Their development is strongly influenced by the environment.

Maximizing the benefits from our knowledge of human nature requires refining the strategy that we deploy. A rough outline of this strategy starts with listing the elements of human nature, then developing simplifications for practical utilization, taking into account elements of our worldview that affect our allocations of our time, attention, and energy toward managing our acquired, conditioned, habituated preferences.

This earliest stage in our lifelong pursuit of gratifications, toward meeting our underlying needs, begins even before birth, and its outcomes impact us most across our entire lives, more so than those of later stages. This impact is by the way in which experiential information/knowledge is stored and utilized by our brains for the long-term, to guide our mental activities, without our conscious awareness or control. These mental activities include processes of anticipation, estimation, and modeling of our environments, ultimately to guide our choices and actions. The strength of impact favoring earlier experiences over later experiences is an outcome of physiological development, including both the ongoing construction of mental capacity during childhood and the ongoing deterioration of DNA codes due to oxidation and mutation.

Applying Our Knowledge of Human Nature

Our knowledge of human nature we apply to serve life, to meet our needs with strategies of least work/cost/harm. We cultivate strategies of least work/cost/harm through iterations of learning and applying experience. These strategies we envision as a framework, including our over-arching strategy, and a set of specific strategies applied to specific situations, covering all situations. We design this framework to guide ourselves to reach our potential, in a process that is wholly cooperative, wholly inclusive, and humanity's sole consensus priority, coherently reflecting the commonality of our needs. Our over-arching strategy is to first articulate/apply to all situations strategy elements that remain consistent, such as maintaining faith/hope/trust in humanity, and to second articulate and then to tailor to each specific situation our template strategy, accounting for the whole of the outcomes of all strategies applied. Our template strategy is to apply our conscious thought, with our knowledge of human nature, toward serving life with minimum work/cost/harm, while considering the parameters of each specific situation. In specific situations we find specific combinations of needs, and specific levels of needs to be met, and balances to strike, in minimizing work/cost/harm for each strategy considered.