Why do human beings do more evil things than good?
I think that genes coming from wild animals are responsible for, you know that instinct to attack and to kill in order to eat and survive. What do you think about it?
Why do human beings do more evil things than good?
That's a question based on a very inaccurate opinion on human beings, to begin with. If that were the case, there wouldn't be real communities at all, let alone virtual ones such as this site. We would have auto-destructed by now! Please, if you only go by what they portray in the news, you need to get out to talk and meet real people that surround you. If you do that, you'll soon realize human beings do more good than evil in general.
An interesting question would be, why do the news outlets and the media in general mostly portray the human beings as evil? Just follow the money, and you'll realize the answer.
"Wild" animals don't dream up atrocities to commit. They simply kill for survival - instinct. You can't say this about our human species. If we were truly made in God's image, than he/she must be a very deadly creature. If some of us are simply mistakes, then how can God even exist since it is said that God is omnipotent. I doubt religion can ever explain this malady that exists, but the unincumbered mind will definitely recognize that the ability to become evil exists in all of us. It's the individual who makes the choice to "be or not to be."
I wouldn't necessarily say that we do more evil than bad. It's just that bad deeds are what get the most attention in the news since they are the most sickening events. And people like to be spectators to 'bad' incidents. Just think of a car crash. Traffic gets even slower than it would have because everyone looks to see what happened out of curiosity.("Rubbernecking")
I've actually done some reading that has dealt with this subject. The truth is that we all have the potential to become what we call 'evil'. Most of us do not act on this because we have been trained by our societal constructs not to do anything that our societal constructs view as misdeeds. This is why some societies see actions as completely acceptable while other societal constructs view their acts as simply attrocious. So, if it were possible to completely remove society, the theory is that these values instilled in us would quicky devolve and most people would become beasts unless they were innately kindhearted.. Scary thought, but I believe this theory has some truth in it. You can thank the book Lord of the Flies for that one. (There are other books that agree with this theory, but this is the most prominent one that I can think of.)
Some of the people that do evil deeds do not fit into this theory, however. They seem to not fit into the typical human persona. While they have been raised in normal conditions, they seem to do almost everything human kind seems to veer away from (the most referenced person being Hitler, of course). These have been referenced as 'monsters', and even though they may be in human form, they are much more evil than the average human. This, I believe, is a factor of a complete absense of feeling and compassion for others. In my opinion, this trait is what makes any animal, including humans, what they are.
So, in sum, I would say that the evil nature of humans is in a rare set of individuals, and when it does appear, it becomes even more enhanced than the fighting instincts of animals because these evil humans kill for the sake of what is unimportant, while animals kill to survive. Most humans are good, though.
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Just watch the news, wars, murders, suffering... I'm shocked about was happening in my country.
If you do that, you'll soon realize human beings do more good than evil in general.
You dismiss one persons opinion as utter nonsense and then offer your own. I'm wondering if that could be utter nonsense as well?
However, I also believe that the human race is quite capable of destroying its own environment (rendering it uninhabitable for humans).
I do not believe that the human race is nearly capable enough of destroying its own environment. One fart from a volcano can surpass whatever quantity of contaminants humans can pour into the atmosphere, or that gigantic heating element out there can have a cycle of hiccups that can instantly alter the climate, something we've been trying to do for centuries.
There. I've offered my utter nonsense.
Think about what the media has given us in the last 60 years. In the early days everything was fun and innocent, morals prevailed. Violence was assumed in the early days, you never saw blood or bullet holes in bodies, and the act dying seemed so real. Real suspense and drama is what was played out. If you are young, search the internet for early programming you will be quite entertained by what was available, and the networks shutdown at midnight with the national anthem. Today ??? wow, violence in the networks, news, movies. Bodies torn apart in 1080 HD. Hollywood has become experts in desensitizing humanity, we are no longer repulsed by the images we see. Imagine the world, all of humanity, looking at TV maybe 10 hours a day seeing only what they want you too see. The Twilight Zone ?. It took decades to develope the control apparatus, but it is working. I realized not everyone is consumed by TV but, the masses are and it is not a good influence on society.
Indeed, Bill, hardly a surprise that we're in the place we are now.
Broadly speaking, the reason that humans do evil rather than good is that we're fallen people living in a fallen world which for the time being is largely under the rule of Satan.
The solution for the world is already on the way. Christ will come back and punish the evil, reward the good, and put an end to suffering on Earth.
The solution to the individual is to accept the sacrifice that Christ made when He came in the past. He who was fully God, and fully man came to die and take the penalty of our sins that we might have life for eternity. Thanks to Him, we need only come to Him and accept the gift of eternal life, and He will give us His Holy Spirit who will give us power to do good instead of evil and glorify God's name.
Until Christ comes back, this is a time of testing. This fallen world we live in is only here for an instant. A drop in the ocean of eternity. Why is evil allowed to persist (for now)? For the glory of God our Creator, that we may be saved and bring Him glory even in this time of darkness.
There's a lot of good in the world, but people and the media seem to have this fixation on the bad. That is because the forbidden is what stimulates our senses most. But don't we get this rush of endorphins when we do a good deed also? How we see good and evil has a lot to do with culture. Different people in different parts of the planet have different tendencies. The less media, the less evil. There's is a balance of Yin-Yan without which the world wouldn't be. If the dark side were to predominate the world would be destroyed (changed) into a semi-conscious state. What all religions are trying to do is tilt the balance towards the light so that we can transcend our present state and reach our next step of evolution. (spiritual evolution)
We are still wild animals. We just live in houses and pretend to be courteous to each other. ¿No es verdad?
Social, moral and biological evolution has subdued our animal instincts over tens of thousands and I actually think we a LOT more good things than we do evil things.
En mi opinión humilde es debido al ego humano o como se dice en español el "shadow self".... la parte de nosotros que alimentarse de miedo.
Y el miedo es la EDUCACIÓN FALSA APARECIENDO VERDADERA
I believe it is due to the human ego or the shadow self...the part of us that feeds on fear. and fear is ...
F-alse E-ducation A-ppearing R-eal
Think about it ! - If there were no evil there could be no good.
No cold - no hot No sweet - no sour No sadness - no happiness. No beauty - no ugliness. No honesty - no dishonesty No up - no down No truth - no lies No cowardice - no bravery etc etc etc etc etc
Everything in life has its opposite.
Good things don't sell newspapers or films (apart from a few exceptions)
Anyway I don't think humans do more evil things than good things.
Edit: I apologize for any language that was deemed unfit for the forum, though I do still believe my statements are fair ones.
Oh morbo, I must question your statement , you are assuming that it is correct. You should turn it into a question . " Do humans do more evil than good ?" In my humble opinion they must on balance do more good , otherwise we would have wiped each other out of existence. Buddha said that inside each sentient being there is a "Buddha nature" I believe this to be true, if you are willing to look for goodness then you will find it . The "Christian Scientists" believe that if you accept evil and think and talk of it then it will arise , maybe they are right , if so then think only of good and then good will arise.