Apart from being taught it by people, and shown it in the behaviour of those around us and by the reinforcement of good actions, I think it must be a naturally selected evolutionary trait.Quote
How come most of us know it is wrong to kill or steal?
:) Yes, that is an interesting point - I don't think I have ever seen it explained, either logically or subjectively.Quote
And yet, just 100 years ago there were still cannibals in Papua New Guinea. Nice, tonight we are having a leg of neighbour, maybe with potatoes and gravy.
It was of course also justified as being something that God was backing up. I remember a brief discussion with my father in WWII about the fact that both sides prayed to the same God. There was no answer - only that God moves in mysterious ways.Quote
Also, it is totally ok to kill in a war, it is required, or the soldiers will be court-martialed. Many a soldier has never got over it that they have killed.
I think that is more to do with anthropomorphism which would not have been a consideration when our species was evolving during a couple of million years.Quote
Animals don't have that sort of conscience. Neither have true hunters. I could not hunt, as I love and respect other animals. Don't even like it when fishers hold up their catch, which is still gasping for water to breathe. For heaven's sake, kill the poor thing or throw it back, but don't let it suffer.
Not sure if that has to do with conscience though.