Cruelty of Humanity

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Cruelty of Humanity

As shown in the works of Freud, Lucretius, and Marx; humans are naturally cruel creatures; our never-ending drive for pleasure is what causes us to unleash our cruelty to the world. The people in the most privileged and opportunistic positions in society, like myself, are the ones who can become the most corrupt because we have the power and ability to take more of what we want.

Throughout history, we have seen humans commit atrocious acts against their own kind. They do this to achieve their own personal goals and desires. Whether is was the corrupt business owner or the dictator, they were always trying to create more pleasure for themselves. They will subject other humans to terrible conditions to make sure their never ending goals are achieved. Their goals are never ending due to the fact that once they have something, they just want more.

These people have an innate cruelty, but so does everyone else. They are capable of reaching that level of corruption due to their inital place in society. My place in society gives me an exceptional opportunity to gain power and eventually exploit others for further gains. I have already grown up in a society that taught me to be materialistic and have dreams of being rich. I have a college education to help me get even further in society. It is up to me to make sure I do not allow myself to succumb to the inner demons that exist in everyone.

“What do they demand of life and wish to achieve in it? … They strive after happiness; they want to become happy and to remain so” (Freud 42).“They seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life” (Freud 23).“True, while we lack that which we long for, it is an obsession, but we will just crave something else once it’s in our possession; we are forever panting with an unquenched thirst for life” (Lucretius, III, 1082-4). Hitherto, every form of society has been based, as we have already seen, on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes” (Marx 21).

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