Differences Between Mencius And Hsun Tzu

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In Man’s Nature Is Good and Man’s Nature Is Evil, Mencius and Hsun Tzu argue about the true meaning of human nature. Mencius believed that humans are inherently good and Hsun Tzu believed that humans are naturally evil. Is it possible humans can be both good and evil? When it comes to whether human nature is good or evil, most people will choose one or the other. However, can’t it be both? Both Mencius and Hsun Tzu can be right, there are millions of people in the world and some are good and some are evil,“If you plant the seeds carefully at the same time and in the same place, they’ll all sprout and grow ripe by summer solstice. If they don’t grow the same it 's because of inequities in richness of soil, amounts of rainfall, or the care given them by farmers” (Mencius 81). Some may be evil but react to what they’ve done and changed to good. Others may be good but have been hurt and chose to be evil. There are even those who can be both at the same time, they are good to their loved ones and evil towards their enemies. There are many different cases and it will never really come down to one explanation.
People that are good can change due to events that happen in their lives. They are fighting with themselves on whether they want to do good or evil but in the end chose evil, “If Fernandez 2 someone’s evil, it can’t be blamed on inborn capacities. We all have a heart of conscience, a heart of reverence and a heart of right and wrong” (Mencius 80). Deep down all humans
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