Is human nature good or evil?
- Human is fundamentally good just like the quotes: "Nhân chi sơ tính bổn thiên" - Mạnh Tử
- Or basically evil - "Nhân chi sơ tính bổn ác" - Tuân Tử
Which statement do you agree with? Why?
I just want to know your idea about this so if you find it too hard to answer in English, you can use Vietnamese
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Humans are naturally societal creature. We are not build to be good or evil since there are no good, precise, and satisfying definition and classification of good and evil. Good and evil are subjective concepts, by which no one person can have a definition that accepted by all.
Humans are naturally build to accommodate life, we are build with certain functions in our brain for the purpose of living with our community, that's a fundamental human's feature.
We are built by the things around us. Through our education and interaction, we develop ideas and instincts of how to survive and go along.
When we, the normal, short-sighted viewers, look and update on news about a ruthless murderer, we got angry, frustrated, infuriated with this human being. So we blame this committed evil onto the so-called "human nature". What we often overlook is their past life with their parents, how they are abused, forgotten, beaten and no one is there for them, or how they lack the education in schools or their own guardians.
By saying human nature is either evil or good, we basically proclaim that a person is set on a course of paths that would lead what people and society consider to be bad or good. The truth is that we humans are a blank paper when we were born, genetics only made up the type and quality of the paper but not what's written on it.
Humans are naturally multisided. There are too many things about the pieces and building blocks that made up a human character. Just like our body, our character is three-dimensional. The human experience both bad and good events and will therefore a both good and bad person. A person can be greedy for him/herself yet super humorous. In fact, it is hard to say whether these are our faults to begin with, since we usually only get them from the education or lack thereof or life experiences in our childhood and adulthood. There is just no definitive answer for such a question, since the concepts of good and evil, just and unjust, and the classification of human beings' character into clear line boxes are just unfathomable.