Do you think humans are inherently evil?

Posted by: PetersSmith

Humans are inherently good, but we do bad things. Or humans are inherently evil, but we try to do good things.

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Humans are inherently "neutral".

Humans are cursed with the ability to decide for themselves. It is our job to decide what to do with what we are given. People construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experien... ces. We make our choices, for better or for worse   more
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I don't believe in "good and evil".

Well, then we can't be inherently anything now can we?
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Humans are inherently good.

Contrast this Hobbes's view with the view of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) the Enlightenment philosopher whose book The Social Contract influenced the French Revolution: "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains." In contrast to Hobbes' ... view that primitive life was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short," Rousseau declared that humans in early times were "noble savages." That is, humans are naturally and innately good and it is "civilization" that turns man into a "beast." Thus, Rousseau argued that modern man should seek to restore the conditions of our lost Eden and live a more "natural" rather than "technological" life   more
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Humans are inherently evil.

Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) was an English philosopher and the author of the famous book Leviathan. Famously, Hobbes declared that primitive human life was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." I use Hobbes to illustrate the pessimistic view o... f "natural man." That is, as illustrated by Hobbes' famous summation, Hobbes felt that the "natural" state of man was akin to being beast-like. Thus, it is civilization that steps in and recuses humanity from our primal depravity. In this view, human nature is a nasty thing that human culture rescues. In Hobbes' view, being "civilized" is good and being a "savage" is bad   more
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reece says2015-01-30T19:48:27.1184537-06:00
Humans are subjectively good and objectively neutral.
npeterso2018 says2015-01-30T20:02:03.2011595-06:00
Depends on your definition of evil. A human could be "evil" towards other people, for their own personal gain, which is natural.
reece says2015-01-30T20:03:47.5475528-06:00
@npeterso2018 that would fit under my explanation.Do you think?
Lukas8 says2015-02-02T09:14:21.1616210-06:00
None. Its all complicated because of the function of us as a social animal+ logical thinking. But NO.
minny says2015-02-02T13:07:15.6090870-06:00
Letrus: killing someone might be effective to the perpetrator. They have achieved a goal.

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