Old Testament Essays
On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919
VIVIERS, Hennie. Human pro-sociality, morality and Proverbs. Old testam. essays [online]. 2014, vol.27, n.2, pp.684-702. ISSN 2312-3621.
Our evolved pro-social mental tools (intuitive morality, social exchange regulator, social status monitor) provided us with social/moral intelligence to live peacefully amongst each other since the early dawn of modern humankind. We not only have the intuitive capacity to act right or wrong but also the reflective (rational) capabilities to negotiate moral norms. Altruism, fairness, honesty, self-control and deference for authority have become the moral embodiments of our pro-social mechanisms. These same social/moral agreements and their implied prosocial originators are all reflected in the ancient wisdom book of Proverbs, providing content to its wisdom order. Amongst many other things, Proverbs is an apt illustration of our humanness, of our natural and cultural capacity for social and moral living.