Are men and women inherently good?

May 19, 2007 5:03am CST
Humanists psychologists wrote that human beings are born with intrinsic goodness, and that the present actions of people around them and the problems in their immediate environment corrupt men and women into being bad or evil citizens. On the other hand, the pessimists would say that human beings are born with negative qualities such as greed (argued with clenched fists upon birth as an example), lust (from Freud's works on ego and libido), among others. What do you think? Are men and women inherently good or evil?
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
19 May 07
i think men and women are inherently good but the institutions and structures of society encourage a kind of supression of this natural goodness in the search of profit. The unnatural state of capitalism has acted to pervert human nature to the extent that the majority of us are conditioned to be wage slaves. This is unnatural of course because the wage slave is never paid the value of their product but a percentage of it, the remainder is profit for the unproductive elite. The end result of this struggle for suvival is an unnatural badness. In conclusion, human beings are naturally good, but the promotion and encouragement of greed makes a minority bad. blessed be