It irks me when people say that children are cruel. Adults do awful things in front of children and then blame something external for the darkness they see in their children. Half the truly horrible examples we set for our kids are completely subconscious on our parts.
Science overturns view of humans as naturally ‘nasty’ | The Raw Story.
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, February 20, 2012 20:50 EST
VANCOUVER, Canada — Biological research increasingly debunks the view of humanity as competitive, aggressive and brutish, a leading specialist in primate behavior told a major science conference.
“Humans have a lot of pro-social tendencies,” Frans de Waal, a biologist at Emory University in Atlanta, told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
New research on higher animals from primates and elephants to mice shows there is a biological basis for behavior such as cooperation, said de Waal, author of “The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society.”