I believe the true question here would be if morality is due to the influence of society or if society was only created as a guideline to our morality. Kind of like a chicken or the egg question. Personally, I believe the only way society could have ever existed is with the unity of people and inherent goodness within us. Also, the egg obviously came first from a dinosaur-ish ancestor. Where would the chicken have come from???
Hurricane Katrina. The Joplin Tornado. Hurricane Sandy. Instead of angry mobs looting everything, humans band together in times of crisis to help each other. Natural disasters are one extreme example. Yet something as simple as opening a door for someone in a wheelchair is a kind act of giving just as much as saving someone's life in a deadly storm. Humans don't go around in mobs to kill each other, in general.
It is my belief that humans are inherently good beings due to the fact that humans are not born with feelings of greed and desire. Humans are naturally inclined to feel compassion and love for others, and this is the case unless something unnatural occurs and disrupts a person's life. Humans are born craving positive contact with others and this carries on throughout a person's life.
Are humans good or bad? It is a question that has puzzled people that stumble over it, and not many can actually find the answer. The fact that humans may be born good and have slowly been corrupted by society, or that they have been born bad and have been kept in check by laws is unknown. It is such a fundamental question that there has been no solid evidence to whether humans are good or evil. Unless you think for a while, and soon consider babies. Babies have barely any stored information about what is right and what is wrong. They have no friends, no cultural influence, no school or public communication; their innocent minds great for better and more accurate results. Scientists usually communicate with people through speech, but the problem is that babies lack the ability to speak. It would be extremely difficult to know what he/she is thinking when one does not know the language yet. Fortunately, people do not necessarily need to speak to uncover a thought. Infants are known to touch anything they find interesting, hold an object they like, or stare at something that catches their eye. In Yale University, students have tested babies' minds on whether they are good or bad. The results they have collected state that even the youngest of minds know what is right and wrong, and an instinct to prefer good over evil. The way to make sense of this result is if infants, with their pre-cultural brains had expectations about how people should act. Not only do they interpret the movement of the shapes as resulting from motivations, but they prefer helping motivations over hindering ones. This doesn't settle the discussion on natural instinct. A cynic would say that it shows that infants are self-interested and expect others to be the same. Though when born, we naturally have the ability to make sense of the world in terms of motivations, and a basic instinct to prefer friendly intentions over malicious ones. It is on this foundation that adult morality is built and we are born good.
People never hear about a person whom kills just to kill. There is always a reason on why. Whether one being has done another wrong and seeks revenge. Usually done when at the age of an adult because that is when humans are most corrupt and damaged with society. We never change the channel on the television to the news and see that a young child has killed or has attempted to kill someone. Since they are at their most innocent age, they have no evil intentions. "Babies are humans with the absolute minimum of cultural influence – they don't have many friends, have never been to school and haven't read any books". There is always good in people, but as time goes on, that amount shrinks due to the type of experience that certain person has been through and becomes replaced with evil.
Helping others, expressing gratitude, talking about positive experiences, being with other people all literally boost your dopamine in your brain. With this chemical, people are obviously happier but we are also more capable of being able to learn, our learning ability goes way up when we are happy. Humans have been built to be happy because that's when we function the best. We are inherently good because we have been built to be the best we can be when we are being "good"
While I believe we are born/created/have evolved into a culture that desires to believe we are good, I believe the whole answer to this question is more complex than a simple yes or no. When we experience moments in our lives like the birth of a child, many firsts, first love, graduation, finding and living out a purpose for your life, I believe these are most of the times the desire to be something quite good, perhaps these moments are what we were meant for at times. But...Our hearts, when we choose to be selfish, or not act in the face of evil, are complacent and do nothing, are lazy, and mock others, hurt others, we as a culture are drawn to evil and being bad. Sometimes we take satisfaction in being bad, ie. Sex, movies, video games, humour of all kinds, etc. While we start out good, I believe we are tempted to be bad or to choose selfishly.
People are good because of there innocence when they are children and with no reason to be mean or evil except for what is around them that affects what they feel and how they act to one another. People want to be respected and appreciated in the world. Why be evil when u can be good it's much easier and it makes everyone happy.
I believe that no matter how many evil people are on this earth that there will always be more good people than bad. Most humans don't just kill, rape or hurt people, they want to help. We are born into this world as innocent and good, some people just don't stay that way.
As people, we tend to look for the bad in the world, just look at the news. There's a reason why you see more negative things on the news than positive, because that's what people want to hear about, the negatives in life, instead of the positives, which are often overlooked.
I believe that we are all inherently good to begin and those who become "evil" only do so because they have been shaped by their surroundings and their experiences. As stated by others, babies are certainly not evil. Growing up, we see other people do things that are "evil" (or sinful) and now, instead of doing the right thing- what we would have done if not presented with an alternative- we are faced with a choice.
Humans tend to only do what they think is best for themselves. On average humans make quick descions based off of descions that they make with in seconds ussally thses descions are bad and the average human only acts for themselves and humans are bad because of what i stated above.
Humans are not inherently good because the concept of good is something agreed upon by society. For example in some societies today, particularly in the middle east and regions of Africa it is considered good to stone disobedient women. Obviously the idea of it in societies such as British or American one that is considered barbaric and wrong. But extreme Islamic countries consider it barbaric and wrong that our women are allowed to go out dressed in whatever they want. Good and Bad is something agreed on by society so how can a person be inherently good if 'Good' is not an objective concept?
Humans are born neither good or bad, but more like a lightly colored canvas in which there environment will gently add different colors, good and bad, too.This does not mean parents are to blame for bad children, children when young are very easily shaped and can be affected by small things.
Can you summarize the complexity of our moral condition with single words like ‘good’ and ‘evil’? I think we attempt to do this subconsciously in order to feel in control of thing we are absolutely not in control of.
Humans are inherently complicated biological and chemical creatures that behave in ways which can be interpreted as beneficial or adverse to the overall condition of the species. Is ‘evil’ powerful enough to usurp our inherent ‘good’ so that we have proliferation of nuclear weapons, sex slave markets, rampant murder/molestation and a history abuse as entertainment and genocide? I think we need to point fingers and blame this (religion), that (technology) and the other (name it) for what can be called an essentially fundamental flaw of existence: being aggressively self aware animals.
Inherently good? Are you prepared to simplify such complexity to one word? If so, I would suggest that we are most definitely not inherently good. Because, if we are, then evil is more powerful then all of us good people collectively.
Humans are not born good. They are bad. To make others look good. There is always a better person. And for that saying there is always bad to make bad look good. Bad is evil, life is evil. When you die all you did in that life is gone. That's not good. It's bad, people life's and bodies are bad. Common sense.
I Believe human beings are born with a disposition to be evil and are easily influenced most people have to be taught what being good means people can become corrupted too maybe they were abused and are now apathetic to things that are considered evil or maybe they were raised around no evil so the smallest thing frightens them and the say its evil. But what truly makes something evil? The answer is whatever society determines is right and wrong
It is a mental choice whether a person believes something is good or bad. A good deed may be considered evil by another because it goes against their personal opinion or choice. Two such examples that can be used are: Hitler and his personal deeds, and the Muslim way of life. To Hitler, his personal deeds were to support the German people and better their way of living from what it was in WWI, and keep them strong. There is then the way many Americans see the Muslim way of life as evil, when the people living under the Muslim faith believe they are doing good for their god. Therefore, people are not inherently evil, but may be considered evil by others because it is against their own thoughts and opinion.
Humans dont love anybody else but themselves, we are selfish born with the idea of preferring the ones similar to us and with the idea that the ones that are not similar to us need some sort of punishment. And as today we need a government to at least keep us check otherwise we would always be at war because we dont know any other way to solve our problems.
Humans from the start of birth are inherently selfish, survival is the only mentality we Humans have. Even if it means killing other people then so be it , currently if you are living in a modernized usually western world you would not see any of these events and to the contrary you would see people helping each other. But if it was in an environment like Africa where there is barely any food to eat, you would see these attributes take place.
I personally think that the state of the world says it all when it comes to the basic moral character of humans. There is crime all over the place: murder, robbery, rape, and all kinds of other suffering inflicted on one person by another. On a larger scale, governments exist solely to perpetuate their own power, and thrive on the suffering of millions. What little goodness there is in the world has to be fought for and defended-- sometimes by means that aren't so good in the end-- just to protect it from all of these corrupting influences.