We often use expressions like, “Well, that’s human nature” or “Its only human nature” and more. But perhaps we should protest the phrase “Human Nature” because it is often used to imply there is only one such kind of nature — corrupt, evil, sinful and such. But history shows us that people can act very differently in the same situations. Sure, many people become corrupt, destructive, violent, but other times we see courage, kindness, love, sacrifice and forgiveness. There is no “Human Nature”, there are only people. Is the expression a left-over from Christian theology? Perhaps the phrase needs to be resisted as much as other simple dichotomies in any philosophy. Or is this expression found in lots of languages outside of Christian cultures? If so, then maybe they are all mistaken.
A generous translation of the expression may simply mean, “Boy, people can be so cruel.” But the expression can also be used to sneak in the notion that people’s very inclinations are horrible. Or am I wrong? What is your impression? Is this just another Trojan horse of Christian apologists? Is this just another temptation to think black-and-white? Or should I let it slide and stop thinking so much?