Nature of Man: Good or Evil?
Have you ever wondered about the true nature of man? I mean, originally? As a whole? Since the beginning? Without any influence by outwardly factors, would mankind be good or evil?
Which do you believe?
: That humans are naturally good, struggling to turn away from the evil tempting them?
: Or that humans are naturally evil from within, struggling to find good within themselves to repress it?
Morals astound me, really, in how they affect humanity as a whole and how they dictate the way a person must live and think in order to coexist acceptably in society.
I had a conversation about this matter with a friend of mine some time ago. Also, someone from before noted that this question is similar to the "egg or the chicken" argument about which came first. I didn't see the similarity much, to be honest, but he said that he believed it depends on the person: how they lived their life and what kinds of pain and struggles they had to go through. Fair enough, I think. For certain situations, perhaps. However, this doesn't just ask about mere chronology, but about the nature of man in its most basic form--the nature of mankind, humans, I meant, as a whole. I'm interested in discussing whether humanity is naturally good or naturally evil, merely struggling to fight against their true nature.
Which one of the two do you think rings true?
Does it apply to you? Would it apply to the people you know?
For the record, though, I personally don't believe all humans are naturally good, and that we're just very good at pretending because we find the necessity in it within society.