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Is humanity inherently good or evil?

Overtime I have developed a way of thought that has led me to believe humanity is generally good. However, many events over the past few years have challenged my inherent belief. Do you believe that humanity is inherently good? Why?


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  • Jul 29 2013: The points where I would wish to focus are on the words "humanity" and inherently".

    I think that any really interesting question like this needs context. Are we taking into account all of humanity that lived or our current population? Is this a question regarding the sum total of humanity as a species, homo sapiens, or are there problems is addressing an ethical discussion without recognising the subjectively of not only culturally referenced notions of good and evil, but individuals? Whom is to decide what is good and what is evil to begin with?

    "Inherently" starts me thinking about genetics, encoding of behaviour, world views and the like. Is there a sense of conformity or self-awarnes/s here, are we taking responsibility for our actions? Which mechanisms are we going to explore that create a predisposition towards something?

    Are we predisposing that altruistic behaviour is ultimately good, for example? If we were to decide yes, then we are obligated to step out to the next layer of context. Choosing for example culture and environment, a small scale personal act of altruistic behaviour which might be casually ascribed as "good", could then become culturally and environmentally negative, so in which contexts are good and evil defined?

    I would say that humanity of inherently adaptable and the questions over the predominate ethical and moral landscaoe which we create changes over time and context.

    With Genuine Interest


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