Interesting post, Carmel.
there seems to be those among you that feel human nature is an immutable entity locked into sideboards that will not (cannot) be altered.
I have seen within myself the amazing ability to create and identity of thought. A fragile self, which seems concretely separate from all other things and people which then become threats. Which makes Narkissos' oxymoronic statement make sense.
Billions of these little make-believe identities make up the vast majority of society; and in this large pool of fear there is mans inhumanity to man, and mans war with nature. We are so confined in our suffocating mind-pods that we may even feel at times that the emotions and the physical body are enemies to be enslaved and conquered.
Perhaps, it is not our genuine human nature which is an "immutable entity locked into sideboards that will not (cannot) be altered"; but rather the shared of existence we believe ourselves to be.
How many people do we know which have actually question and investigated into the individual identity programmed into the mind from unknowing parents and society, and continually reinforced by the minds extraordinary talent of storytelling?
Little wonder our journey out into a seemingly real separation from our true oneness with all nature may result in self destruction. Or perhaps the vaster nature of all things will somehow force the intellectual mind to reevaluate and investigate into what it now -- for the most part -- ignores.