We humans are born innocent. We have, at birth, the rudimentary capabilities of an infant’s nerve and brain system. By the age of two, most of us are well on our way to developing the second and third level intellect that will guide our interaction with life. We learn as we grow. Every contact with the natural universe is a learning experience. The extent and nature of our education defines the strength of our knowledge and the limits of our wisdom. From these multiple experiences we acquire our awareness of self, our patterns of behavior, our adopted values, and our ability to interact with others. If we love, it is because we have experienced the warmth of compassion. If we hate, it is because we have experienced the indifference of isolation.
We naturally want to love. We are taught to hate.