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View Poll Results: Is Human nature basically good or evil?
Good 7 10.00%
mostly good though capable of evil 15 21.43%
our capacity for right and wrong evens itself out 7 10.00%
mostly evil though capable of good 10 14.29%
evil 4 5.71%
Right and wrong are relative, thus is a silly question 19 27.14%
its impossible to fairly say 8 11.43%
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 01:47 PM   #31

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Its much up to each individual to what path he chooses. If he does bad hopefully he would learn from his mistakes and if he choose to do good then he would be rewarded in all sorts of ways
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 02:36 PM   #32
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Given the right circumstances, a growth-facilitating environment, people's reactions can be trusted to be positive, forward moving, creatively in purpose, rational, and trustworthy. We do not need to ask who will hang out with him/her, for one of his own deepest needs is for affiliation and communication with others.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 03:36 PM   #33
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I would probably say that human nature is neither good nor evil. It depends however on your definition of "human nature" and "good" or "evil".

Human nature is part reason part (animal) instinct. Pure reason is at least in principle neutral and without affinities towards anyone or anything in particular. If being good is being just, then the reasonable part of human nature could pass as good, though being just could also be equated with simply being neutral.

The instinctive (or animal) part of human nature is OTOH strictly consequential, it can lead to good or bad consequences but it's strictly self-serving in either case. A murderer can kill because of self-interest but he can also be a loving father due to the same self-interest.

The fact that both of these aspects of our nature operate in us simultaneously, complicates matters and makes it harder for us to grasp the motives why people act the way they do.
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Old May 29th, 2011, 10:53 PM   #34
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good and evil are reletive. there is no objective right and wrong.
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Old May 29th, 2011, 11:14 PM   #35

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Mostly evil but capable of good.
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Old May 29th, 2011, 11:38 PM   #36

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Good things: Things that contrubute to order of life. feeding birds so helping them live.

Bad things: Things that destroy life, spoiling birds, so they die.

Human in essence want to contrubute life. But when he fear, when he has inferior complexity, he destroy. These mental disorders, are what he gain from his environment. Not from his nature.

Trust them, but dont trust evil in their hearth.
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Old June 1st, 2011, 12:45 PM   #37

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Human nature, in the absence of restraining authority or society...

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Old June 1st, 2011, 12:51 PM   #38
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I'm basically good, everyone else is basically evil.

Any other evil question ???
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Old June 1st, 2011, 02:08 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by sylla1 View Post
I'm basically good, everyone else is basically evil.

Any other evil question ???

My opinion is the same! What a nice tautology
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Old June 1st, 2011, 06:04 PM   #40

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Wow, lots of moral relativists here!
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