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People are born good
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brittcb4
Feb 15, 2011
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People are born good


brittcb4
Feb 15, 2011
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The definition of good is the most general term of approval, both moral and non-moral, whether intrinsic or extrinsic. i would like to point out that it is human nature to be born good as it is inherited. People are born with a natural instinct to care for others, we need love and affection. I specifically want to point out that my definition includespeople who help each other and cooperate. This is why we have evolved, we are not extinct. This is because we were born with the nature to help others. We are still functioning as a society, we have not crumbled yet. After we are born, our environment and surroundings shape our behaviors. As a result, there is good, bad, and evil in the world.

John Locke was a famous English Philosopher. He was one of the most influential philosophers who emphasized on enlightenment and liberation. Locke believed that people were born without any innate ideas and were good by birth.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau is another famous philosopher who believed that man was born innately good but that it was society that corrupted man. He argued that man was made unhappy by experiences that he had in society because society was distorted, corrupt, and false. In Rousseau's The Social Contract, which he wrote in 1762, Rousseau explains this concept of man being naturally good but corrupted by society.

Mencius was a Chinese Philosopher, and he believed in Confucius's (social philosopher's) theory. Confucius believed that people are inherently good natured and should work towards the greater benefit of society. Confucius held the traditional view that all men are born good. Of anything like original sin there is not a trace in his teaching. He seems to have failed to recognize even the existence of vicious hereditary tendencies. In his view, what spoiled men was bad environment, evil example, an inexcusable yielding to evil appetites that everyone by right use of his natural powers could and ought to control.

 
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People are not born good


skiingfool435
Feb 17, 2011
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It isn't that people are born only good or bad, but rather with tendencies towards each. If people were all born 100% good then "evil" would never have surfaced. Same for "good". I'm sure everyone can think of a family in which on child turned out well and the next not as well. While each child might have had very similar social inputs (i.e. same family, same school, etc.) genetic differences can affect different outcomes. Ignoring relativity, sociopaths do exist.

 
skaterofdeath
Mar 27, 2011
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I am not arguing that man was born evil just that man was not born good. You see at newly born babies do not think of anything else but themselves and their well being. They wish to survive but can not do that so they depend on their parents for nurturing, this in result will give the children admiration for their parents who have helped them survive which can be mistaken for compassion. Compassion is learned later on when humans begin to see the value of life and develop sympathy.

 


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