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Nature of humanity

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posted on May, 7 2010 @ 07:04 PM
I want to bring up the issue of true human nature. This will be my personal perspective and nothing more.

People have been debating over the issue of whether humans are good or evil. The answer to me is this: they are neither. Humans are a neutral being. I am referring to the tabula rasa concept, where each person is born with a blank slate. From birth we are modified by our experiences in this world. In other words, nurture trumps over nature in this discussion. I'm not sating that nature doesn't play a role, just that our environment plays a stronger one.

If you look at criminals, often they have been raised in impoverished families without a decent education. Likewise, people who have a higher social status often end up as working professionals such as doctors and lawyers.

My belief is that humans are neutral beings. We respond to our environment according to the stimuli we are presented with. We can either be good to the point of resembling an angel or evil to the point of a demon. But it usually depends on what is going on in the world around us.

You can't look at an example of Adolph Hitler and say that people are an inherently evil species. You also can't look at Mother Teresa and say that we are an inherently good species. The most accurate description is that humans can be both depending on the circumstances. A good man can become corrupted and a bad man can repent.

Therefore, a good society should follow good moral laws. That is why it is so important to maintain order in a society to maintain the sanity of man. Religion serves the same purpose.

Since the nature of humanity is neutral, their upbringing and environment are imperial for controlling them. In the absence of a good upbringing, environment takes precedence and vice versa. The absence of both brings disaster while the presence of both brings harmony.

The stereotypes that we hold for human nature are simply not true!

posted on May, 7 2010 @ 07:20 PM
I tend to agree with Freud that humans are inherently evil and only act in self interest.

Even the act of helping others is done for our own self gratification because it makes us feel good.

posted on May, 7 2010 @ 08:30 PM
People are neutral until something happens that wrecks the neutrality. It can happen to a kid or it can be the choice of an adult. After that all bets are off. Life can become something good or evil.

posted on May, 7 2010 @ 09:03 PM
This is probably going to make no sense but I am going to try to explain it as best as I can. I almost can't comprehend it myself but it is what I believe. I personally believe that humans are inherently evil and only through educating oneself can one truly be good, whether that is through spirituality or logic and reason is up to the person. This struggles with man's inner instincts from their early days which creates conflict, how we resolve this determines our character, and our moral code of conduct. I truly hope that makes sense.

posted on May, 7 2010 @ 09:37 PM
reply to post by Golithion

Makes sense to me.

posted on May, 7 2010 @ 11:45 PM
Humans are benevolent only to the extent of their self interest. When it's not in their immediate or perceived self interest they will oppose. When it serves their self or appears to serve their self interest they are benevolent. This is why it's so important to the NWO to always cultivate a "perceived" self interest. This is why Obama smiles, talks positive, hopeful, supportive. Why 9/11 becomes a mission to protect us, etc.. This is why the play always appears to be for the good.

Humans also run in ruts. This is why good upbringing and guidance and a good social direction is valuable.

Ultimately humans will act out their dominant karma and as it is exhausted, then the next dominant karma, previously dormant, will become kinetic. This is one reason a "sinner" can become a saint and an apparently virtuous person can become degraded. However, "like attracts like in the realm of the mind", good associations will incline a person upwards. Bad associations will incline them downwards. So, who a person associates with is very significant. This including ideas, audio, video, food, etc..

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