Saturday, May 8, 2010
Hi, according to Darwin, certain aggresive tendencies, anger for one, are instrinsic and even help with survival of the species. These tendencies are therefore "natural" Yet Buddhism speaks of "compassion" These two characteristics are incompatible. Isn't Buddhism, therefore, against human nature?
Man may do wrong out of ignorance. But this may be natural for the species, even a species that can reason. Can you please address these issues?
You like to dwell in intellectual analyses. When we start to compare different ideas from different sources, we will inevitably face with contradictions. We create further problems when we try to rationalize and/or to fit them together like a jigsaw puzzle. This approach never gives satisfactory conclusions, especially when one source is flawed.
Darwin's thesis was about the survival of the fittest, and selective evolution. He explained about the natural instinct of survival, which is natural. He was not explaining the cause(s) for this natural phenomenon. He simply stated the facts from his observation and research of what was happening to life in this world.