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Apocalypticism in film-Understanding Human Nature

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  1. Introduction
  2. Apocalypticism
  3. Understanding Human Nature
  4. Analysis
  5. Conclusion

The need to comprehend the humanity continues to gain momentum in the contemporary society. Philosophers and Psychologists continue to analyze the views of human nature to all human beings (Frey 17). Consequently, studies into the nature of human beings have been a part of western philosophical studies for many years. Civilization is a key factor that differentiates human beings from the other species. The depiction of human nature is that of purity and righteousness (Corning 34). The Bible asserts that children though holy, they are still sinners because of the mistakes committed by their ancestors. The Holy scriptures propose that the blood of Jesus is the only cure that can save human beings from their inborn evil. Psychologists, on the other hand, maintain that human nature arises from the surrounding and the upbringing of a child. Jean-Jacques Rousseau claims that the children are born as clean slates and the experiences gained over time imprint themselves and shape their personality (Frey 19). Hence, it is vital to understand that human nature regardless of the cause, varies among people and includes everything that human beings say, do or think.

Individuals' ways of thinking, acting and even expressing their feelings vary with changing situations and occur naturally independent of culture. In other words, human nature is universal and unique to humanity all other factors held constant. Due to the influence of culture, human nature has no manifestation in the natural human environment. For example, most cultures discourage self-centeredness and gluttony (Frey 23).

[...] Overall, it is apparent that human nature is not only a source of norms of conduct but it also presents obstacles or constraints of leading a wonderful life. The aspects of human nature provide a basis for understanding what being human means (Frey 45). As Jean Jacque Rousseau reiterates, human beings do not really know what nature permits them to be. In this case, it is in order to say that human nature allows humanity to explore their feelings, actions and even their way of thinking as situations deem fit. [...]

[...] Being ambitious and dreaming big are also aspects of human nature. All individuals aspire to achieve great things and give meaning to their lives (Frey 41). Most people fail to achieve their objectives in life and instead they opt to settle for less to obtain societal acceptance. In the movie, Dodge's disinterest in insurance is unmistakable, but he has to generate income and insurance is the only available option for him. Even in relationships, most people settle for less because they are alone, and they have to fulfill a social obligation. [...]

[...] These three aspects define the way human beings interact with each other. In the film, the society becomes dysfunctional when the survival of the planet is uncertain. Everyone is in a race to satisfy his or her curiosity without considering other people's sentiments (Safari). Therefore, it is obvious within the context of the film to conclude that the ID is the strongest determinant of human behavior since it brings out the self-centered nature of the human race. As stipulated earlier, human nature is universal and independent of the society and culture thus the qualities that arise upon the disintegration of a functional society demonstrate the deep-seated nature of human beings. [...]

[...] The police officers abandon their posts, and confusion becomes rampant. When Penny and Dodge are arrested over a driving incidence, they protest by alleging that it is unfair since the world is about to end. Furthermore, people resort to unlawful means such as organized suicide to end their lives activities that question the peaceful and orderly nature of humanity (Corning 58). Order becomes irrelevant if the society does not exist. However, there is no full- blown chaos, despite the absence of law enforcement, there is relative peace because the only episode in the film where there is violence is the riot scene in the beginning, and relative peace prevails suggesting that people are intrinsically orderly. [...]

[...] Despite its subjectivity, honesty is among the most valuable of the human traits. Personality and situational differences determine the individuals' degree of honesty. People mostly lie to impress other people. Lying is sometimes excusable, even by the justice system as unavoidable (Corning 51). However, there is an old saying that claims that there is no possible substitute for the truth, and that in all situations honesty is the best policy. Therefore, individuals must always strive to tell the truth regardless of the situations at hand. [...]