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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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  • Aug 1 2013: edulover learner 20+ Thank you.

    Your point about working and neglecting the children during their most formative years
    has reminded me of my son's conversation with his son yesterday. His son, my grandson,
    was to leave last night on a trip to the State of Arizona. He was moving there with his
    mother (my son's first wife, now divorced from my son). She was moving to attend a
    school, and to work at a job she had found.

    While in my house, we live close to one another -
    My son, told my grandson, a 12 year old child, that the same thing happened to him,
    at the same age, and how badly he had felt since, to lose his daily contact with me.
    Both were close to tears at the end of their conversation, and hung around each
    other quietly talking until it was time to go.

    In all the years since my separation from my wife - when my son was 12 -
    My son and I never sat down together, to talk about our 'lost times'. Not once.
    I believe, we both may be solitary individuals as a result, We both enjoy being by
    ourselves, although we both have many friends, we always claim that is not so.
    We are two peas in a pod. We do go out of our way to say I love you every day.
    And a hug or pat on the shoulders is done often, with nary a word. My son does ask
    my consul for his problems and sends his friends to me for my advice. Oddly he
    does not relish my beating him on the pool table when we play snooker. I teach the
    3 and 4 cushion bank shots to the other elderly players. As a wee child, he would
    fall asleep beneath my pool table, and I would carry him to his bed after a bit.
    Memories are best when told as a story. We get to enjoy the editing.

    The drug problem was not here when I grew up. I blame it on the 1960's when
    Corporal Punishment of children was made against the law. Since then,
    our youths then, and since, have lost their way. A pitiful 50+ years, and the
    leadership of the United States suffers because of it. They never grew up.

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