Jul 14, 2010 -- posted by Navin
One day while having a conversation about human behaviour with a friend, I learnt that all human behaviour can be broken down to three basic laws that each individual follows and that almost all behaviour can be defined based on those.
- We do not want to die
- We do not want to be alone
We are curiousWe seek Pleasure
On the first thought this seems to be bizarre for we like to think that we are not governed by rules or laws and also that we can think of a 100 things that we do which do not fall under these laws on the first look. But with a bit more carefully thinking I realised that it is quite true and I could classify all the human actions as falling in one or more of those laws. You can look at things starting from why we do certain small things in our life to bigger things on the community scale like research, wars people taking up drugs etc. The only thing that could come close to disproving these laws was altruism but that just leads to a whole other discussion on its social and religious aspect.
In fact 90% of our actions can be explained with just the first 2 laws. Actually the third point was only listed after a lot of discussion and still remains arguable and I still don’t have a solid example to prove it. This of course does not mean that that we are all same as I think the importance one gives to each of these points varies from person to person.
I would love to hear your opinions on the three laws and if you can find some situations that lie outside these laws.