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Maris Zarins

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Do you think people are natually good or evil?

Recently, I spent a lot of time looking at the John Locke vs. Thomas Hobbes debate and have been wondering what the people in the TED community think on this debate. Are people naturally good and fair? Or are people vile and cruel in their natural state?


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  • Apr 16 2012: I'd say we clearly have the capacity for both. Discussing what comes more natural almost seems irrelevant. It's more complicated than that.

    I like to think of this old question as a paradox

    We as individual and collective rational actors *should* always choose good because the contrast between the two has never been more clear with the exchange of media. And yet still, plenty of evil and atrocious things take place in all the earth's nations even the developed "first world" ones albeit at much less of a rate than third world counterparts..

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