Are people good or bad by nature?

Suggested by Moi: Do you believe that people are inherently bad or good? Share your point of view.

#6

People are good by nature

Suggested by Moi (Abraham)

  1. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    There is no “good or bad people”. There is no “good or bad actions”. what defines good? what defines bad? Something that seems good and reasonable to one might be completely bad to another.

  2. Jesse [46] argued:
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    There are no good or bad people.

    There are only good and bad actions.

    Doing something that negatively harms another person is bad, but it doesn’t make you a bad person for doing so. You don’t need to be a bad person to justify serving your punishment for whatever you did.

    The whole good people vs bad people thing is just dumb ethics propagated by world war II nationalism. aka communism is bad capitalism is good etc. It’s time people grew up and moved on from that.

    Your actions are a response to life. You cannot be born with the inherent desire to do something negative or good.

  3. Alex [2] argued:
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    There is a fine balance between “good” and “bad” which are both labels that the public has come to expect from the everyday person.
    good people can be bad, and bad people can do good.
    it is all in life choices, but tell me this, is a thief wrong if he steals from the rich to give to the poor? is a murderer bad if he only kills other murderer’s? do two wrongs ever make a right? no.
    the things that seem fair aren’t always right.
    good people make bad choices, and we are all guilty of them.
    so, its not weather you are good or bad, its weather or not you share the love that is god given . we are all capable of that.
    forgiveness is everything.

  4. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    how can we look at a baby and really i mean really… think that people are inherantly bad?
    light exists …darkness is the absence of light bad is simply a confused soul

  5. Jonathan Meager [30] argued:
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    Man is born as a blank canvas – he is only bad or good in action

  6. Micropagos sms [2] argued:
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    People is good, we only have different point of view

#6

People are bad by nature

Suggested by Moi (Abraham)

  1. bob [3] argued:
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    also there’ed be no war?

  2. Ronlaw [15] argued:
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    If people were good by nature we wouldn’t need laws/religions telling what shouldn’t be done.

  3. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Why?
    People are greedy, self serving and evil. They will lie, steal, harm others in order to have a little bigger piece of the pie instead of working for what they want.

  4. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    they just keep speaking bad things about me.

  5. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    If you’ve ever worked with the public, you couldn’t possibly believe that we as human beings are intrinsically good by nature. Although everyone is capable of the “milk of human kindness”, given the opportunity, mankind will always choose self interest above that of his neighbour. This is so obvious, you have to be willfully blind or naive not to see it. It’s sad but true. Most of mankind’s problems and ills boil down to the fact that we choose ourselves first rather than what’s in the best interest of the other guy. Greed, corruption, abuse, pretentions, lies, deception, unkindness, disrepect, rage, violence, as well as a lack of simple manners and courtesy mark our current culture and generation. If someone believes that human beings are still basically good by nature, then I would encourage them to watch world news consistently for one month and then reconsider their position in light of all that they have viewed. ‘Nuff said.

  6. Anonymous [1695] argued:
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    Although good/bad are subjective definitions, fear on various levels is the only thing keeping most people from being more selfish and self-centered than they already are.

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