Evilness Of Human Nature

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Studies have shown that people tend to act more decorously when they are under the impression of being observed. This insinuates that human nature is more bad and devious than good in general. Over the decades, various philosophers such as Jean Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Hobbes have argued over the nature of humanity. Even though this question remains unanswered, there is paramount evidence throughout history to surmise that human beings are inherently malicious and immoral. The purpose of this essay is to analyze and substantiate the evilness of human nature. By taking examples of historical events, Xunzi’s teachings and various research studies, this essay seeks to provide valuable insight into the vile behavior of most human beings, while…show more content…
Xunzi, in Chapter 23 of his book, stresses on the regulation of natural human feelings to bring about virtue or man would resort to violence. Xunzi claims that people are born with desires and a fondness of profits. Two prominent examples of this nature are the Nazi totalitarian regime and African Slavery. In both these cases, a group of people were discriminated against and exploited for personal gain. The Jews in Europe, and the Africans in the United States, were treated like substandard citizens, and were violently abused and murdered. Though this subjugation of people is brutal enough, what is more appalling is the apathy exhibited by the common people during these times. For people in The United States and in Europe, Slavery simply suited the economic system. Thousands of slaves sacrificed their lives, so that people could satisfy their newfound taste of sugar, tea, coffee and tobacco. Many in the Southern United States, took pride in owning slaves, and had a superiority complex, Believing Africans to be 3/5th man. On the other hand, during the Nazi regime, many people all over Western Europe developed anti-Semitic feelings and simply accepted…show more content…
Superficially, babies seem sweet and innocent, with no inclination to do bad or selfish things. However, this notion has been refuted by researchers such Dr. Vasudev Reddy, from the psychology department of University of Portsmouth, who have studied the demeanor of babies. Their research suggests that babies, even before learning to walk or talk, learn to lie, seek attention, steal and create prejudices. Studies have also shown that babies are easily bribed. From personal experience, I often bribe my niece to stop her from crying. Videos of myself as a baby show my own nefarious behavior. Each time I was unattended, I would shriek until someone embraced me. Moreover I would steal toys from my brothers, and behave in a defiant manner. Even if this cannot be categorized as evil, the selfish and deleterious behavior of newborns is apparent. Though it may be acceptable to think of babies as untainted and blameless, babies too act in a manner to safeguard their interests and are far from altruistic. Xunzi mentions that without teachers, those unrestricted with their emotions resort to self-centered and malicious behavior. This statement is reinforced through the examples of the reprehensible behavior of babies, who have not yet been exposed to society, yet still exhibit deceitful
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