Good and Evil?
March 6, 2007 9:21pm CST
(taken from "the Toynbee-Ikeda" dialogue") IKEDA: the chinese confuncian scholars Mencius and Hsun Tzu expounded two opposing doctrines about the nature of man: the former maintained the idea of original goodness, and the latter the concept of original evil. these two conceptscan be found in the west as well. the christian concept of orignial sin is close to the doctrine of innate evil. by comparison, Rousseau's idea of the noble savage represents something similar to the doctrine innate goodness. advocates of the theory of orignial goodness deny such control and assign all responsibility to human nature. maybe an understanding of good and evil will let us expand on international affairs. what do you think about good and evil?
• United States
7 Mar 07
I believe in goodness and evil as being two opposites. One cannot be good and evil at the same time. Either you are good or you are evil. People with a conscious find it hard to be evil and when they do evil they spend a lot of time feeling guilty. It is always better to know what is good and what is evil before making a decision.