Man is evil in nature. But good thing we have education because education makes man civilized and enables him to see the good in society. A man with no education will likely become a criminal because he has not learned about the standards society expects him to uphold. This is why prisoners should spend more time on getting an education while serving their time!
'Evil' is often misunderstood and its meaning is frequently twisted. I will define evil as "profound immorality" for my opinion.
I believe that humans are evil in nature because they are naturally self-interested. Criminals commit crimes because they believe the rewards outweigh the risks - laws work because of punishment and enforcement, not because of an inherent drive to do "good". This mindset is universal (tribesmen get along for their well-being, "altruists" "altruize" because the brain rewards altruistic behaviors, and the common man follows his laws for his safety), therefore self-interest is natural, and humans are evil in nature because self-interest can naturally become "profoundly immoral".
Leaving religion, philosophy and any type of "ism" beside, man is naturally evil. Unlike other beings on this earth, we continue to move forward, so we think. All we have done is make things easier for ourselves, and completely diminish our bond between the us and the earth. We have no meaning to life! All we do is make false assumptions on how we should live instead of working together, we turn on each other. This is why man is evil.
Man is evil by nature, but only a select few has been able to break from this pre-set mind of being evil. Firstly this evil is expressed mainly when man is entrusted with power, examples of this can be seen in several countries that have seen war and likes, this wars are mainly as a result of one man's unwillingness to leave office hence avoiding blood shed and killings.
M family was evil. Love was not the ruling force in my family but deceit was the cover to various evils in my family: they all cling to the perceptions of righteousness but could easily express the pretenses to fairness and decency while screwing the next guy without guilt and remorse.
Humans are naturally born evil because they are born with sin. A child isn't born giving generously, sharing their toys, or anything good like that; they don't know better. A child must learn to share their toys and to be nice to other people. However, people can be forgiven of their sins by God if they just truly ask him to. God is just forgiving like that. And if you're just wondering why God left us this way, it's so that we will be able to cultivate a closer relationship with Him, that would be established by overcoming challenges with Him and His strength.
Freud says: "Happiness is not in the plan of creation". Hence, Man wasn't born to be happy! It all started when Adam and Eve were born in heaven, Eve was curious and was dreaming of knowing. The snake in the story of Adam and Eve represents evil and it had driven Eve to take the apple with represents the power. After this story, women are considered to be evil. But so are men! If men were good in nature, Adam wouldn't have agreed to eat the apple as well. Another example of why Man is evil by nature, is the fracticide of Caien and Abel who slept with their mother to procreate.
Man is born evil, we all have a tendency to sin therefore we are naturally evil. It is difficult to always do the right thing for humans, thats why there is more bad than good. Because its easier to sin and become what we were born and not follow any rules. For most it is difficult to admit that we all are born bad because they misunderstand the meaning of evil, it does not necessarily mean that we are destined to be the worse creature on earth, just that no one is perfect and it is in our nature to sin. It just takes a little extra effort to follow the rules and try to be closer to God in order to be as good as we can be.
Man is inherently controlling, exploitative, manipulative, and extremely selfish and egotistical. That is how most human beings are. We are not like most other animals for we do things without any reason or excuse of survival, for pure satisfaction and entertainment. A lion or a snake hunt for survival, yet we exploit and hunt both without any immediate survival needs for them. In fact those two animals kill mercifully, often delivering death that is not all that prolonged, yet man kills snakes in the most horrendous manner only to make a superficial cocktail of their gulbladder for supposed and highly unlikely health benefits, as the snake is alive, being choked, and blindfolded.
Look at our wars, look at Syria, look at Iran, look at our own American police, where acts of brutality and extreme selfishness are conducted that step beyond any accepted boundaries of law or norms. I do not believe there is more need to justify this view, all it takes is one look at the news headlines once in a blue moon. Chances are, you cannot not notice the evil we do as a group, the needless evil. We could run a normal business, provide a service or product, contribute to our society and get paid for it and live on. But oh no, we have to come up with every gimmick in the book, and write new ones to exploit each other, the system and society at large and make a lot of money, so we devise derivatives, we do shady banking, we have 150% no-credit-check interest rates preying on fools and ignorants.
I could write a book at this stuff, but that is pointless. Man is quite the definition of devil. Even half our good-doing comes from that evil source and drive, for showboating, for tax deduction, for feeling better about our obvious wrongs, or worse for exploiting the emotionally weak and needy, for taking advantage of the simpletons, and there is always one good justification for it: THEY need us to do it for them.
Man generally disgusts me. However, there are always exceptions far and few in between.
By disobeying the commandment of God not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, man sinned and inherited that knowledge. Every person is born with that sin nature and without the guidance/adherence of the law will do evil. The only way to eradicate evil is to eliminate sin by repenting (changing your mind), asking Jesus Christ to come into your life, and believing he lived, died, and rose again. People who don't believe in this will continually perform acts of evil for it is in their nature to do so. Eventually there is a price to be paid. If you haven't accepted Christ, you will pay the price for the evil you commit and that resides within you. God is Holy and has no evil within Him, nor can mankind that is not cleansed of their evil dwell with Him. Hell is the place where all who reject Jesus Christ will go.
When we are born into this world, we are born neutral. We are mostly influenced by parents and peers (people around us). This is why there are people who live for hatred, violence and destruction and others who live for charity and helping others. However,from another perspective,there is actually another question-the definition of "good"and"bad". Regarded in the traditional sense, good is seen as helping others while bad as making use of others or putting them in disadvantage. There is an old Taoist saying which goes "there is good in every evil, and evil in every good. The "evil may be putting others at a disadvantage, but may actually be helping others.
Men are good- it's just the society around them that makes them evil. People make them evil. Not themselves. Not everyone is evil. Just people that choose to be evil are evil. Yes, men are greedy, but selfishness does mean good in certain situations. Man is good, not evil. :)
Their is no objective standard that can be validated to determine absolute morality. Evil as such, does not exist. There is only "socially acceptable" and "anti-social" behavior. People cannot be "bad or good", but can only make rational or poor decisions. Some of those decisions may be morally unacceptable. In light of that, motivation for behavior is another key factor to consider when judging anti-social behavior as either criminal or negligent.
Though there are many people in this world who regularly choose to do evil, I do not believe that the basic nature of man is to be evil. People have a basic desire to do good and have good done to them. People feel good when they choose to do the right thing and treat others well. If the base of our nature was evil, we would instead feel good about ourselves when evil is everywhere and that is simply not the case.
If we were evil in nature we would not be able to live in harmony with each other, as mostly we do. We cooperate quite well with each other and manage to accomplish an awful lot of progress by working together. Most of our social discourse revolves around what the right thing to do would be in any situation. Our history of the arts, and literature, all seek to find the best of our characteristics and not the worst. We may have a dark side that needs to be kept in check, but most of us do it quite well.
While people can become indeed quite evil, that is not how they start off. People know the difference between right and wrong, people know what hurts others and what doesn't. Most people stay on the right side of these things, and while they may have evil thoughts at time they know that they cannot act upon them.
I do not think that man is evil in nature. Man becomes evil when he cannot deal with temptations that are happening in his or her particular environment. I believe that all people are basically good. Evil becomes a factor when someone is doing something outside of their basic element and giving into those temptations.
Man in itself is born neither good nor evil, nurture and circumstance is what drives someone to swing either way. Sure, some of it may be down to your DNA, some people may be more likely to become evil than good, but in honesty, it's mainly down to the live that person has lived.
Some people are corrupt, not all. There are many genuinely good people on the planet and if you go out in the world you will find that there is much more good than bad. Ultimate Lesson: quit watching the news because they show the people what they want to see, drama, and drama is more than likely bad. If you go out and experience the world you will realize that doing good is natural for humans. Heck, I'm 15 years old and I know this.
Man is considered evil by many because of the fact that Man without God is purely sinful in nature. If that were the case, why would He give us free will? Free will is the ability to decide right from wrong, just from unjust, and good from evil. If a man believes he is in the right when he is doing what others believe is wrong, who can fairly judge if he is evil?