What We Have Learned About Human Nature

Updated: Nov 12


Human Nature Sculpture by Daniel Popper at Morton Arboretum, Chicago, IL. src: Daily Herald.

Kathleen Wells - The notion of human nature suggests that there are foundational ways people think, feel, and act. The idea of human nature indicates the essence of humanity or what it means to be human. Understanding human nature is deeply influenced by worldviews or the lens through which an individual sees the world around themself. Nonetheless, what we have learned about human nature is stunning. Here are some highlights.

  • Most people would rather be in the majority than be right.

  • About 20 percent of the population has strong authoritarian tendencies, which will emerge under the right circumstances.

  • Fear of death is only rivaled by fear of social disapproval. The latter could be stronger.

  • Propaganda is just as effective in the modern-day, as it was 100 years ago—see how human nature doesn’t change. Access to limitless information has not made the average person any wiser.

  • Anything and everything can and will be politicized by the media, government, and those who trust them.

  • Many politicians and large corporations will gladly sacrifice human lives if it is conducive to their political and financial aspirations.

  • Most people believe the government acts in the best interests of the people and that includes people who are vocal critics of the government.

  • Once most people have made up their minds, they would rather commit to being wrong, than admit they were wrong.

  • Humans can be trained and conditioned quickly and relatively easily to significantly alter their behaviors— for better or worse.

  • When significantly frightened, most people will not only accept authoritarianism but demand it.

  • People who are dismissed as conspiracy theorists are often well researched and simply ahead of the mainstream narrative.

  • Most people value safety and security over freedom and liberty.

  • A significant percentage of people thoroughly enjoy being subjugated.

  • Science has evolved into a pseudo-religion for millions of people in the West. And, this religion has little to do with science itself.

  • Most people care more about looking like they are doing the right thing, rather than actually doing the right thing.

  • Politics, the media, science, and the healthcare industries are all corrupt to varying degrees. And, scientists and doctors can be bought as easily as politicians.

  • If you make people comfortable enough, they will not revolt. You can keep millions docile as you strip their rights, by giving them money, food, and entertainment.

  • Modern people are overly complacent and lack vigilance when it comes to defending their own freedoms from government overreach.

These generalized observations demonstrate, to me, why so much non-sense has not been stopped. In fact, technology and connectivity seem to have increased the level of distrust and propaganda than in the past. There seems to be a pattern of insecurity and a desire for safety. Once people settle on something, some idea, or some belief they seem to find solace in their decision.


However, not all is lost if we, as a people, learn how to discern knowledge and truth. No one can do this alone and we need each other. This is why I started the Naked Truth Report. I am out there every day working to get the truth to you. So, you can make the right decisions.

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