Are human beings coherently good or bad?

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    I think most humans are inherently selfish.  

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  • 3 months ago

    Think you mean inherently, not coherently.

    Anyway, yes, we are innately good. There is a reason for that. We are pack animals; we have an inherent innate need to associate with other humans. And, this is important,...

    To associate with others we must be nice and good to those other people. [See source.] We must have lasting friendships based on mutual trust and caring to satisfy our associative need.

    To be sure, there are exceptions. Some people have no or little need to be with anyone else. They're the ones who give humankind a bad name because they're the ones who treat others badly. But they are the minority, the majority of people are good because they have a need to be with others.

    Source(s): Abram Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs places the Associative Need just one level up from the Physical Need for breathing, food, and other physical functions. In other words, we not only have the Associative Need, it's also one of the strongest needs in humankind.
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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    i think we have both around

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  • Damien
    Lv 5
    3 months ago

    well babies arent evil , they are good so i say were good, we become bad when we take alcohol and drugs causing brain damage leading us to do stupid bad things

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  • martin
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    It's best to figure most people would be the same as yourself, basically good but not gullible.

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  • 3 months ago

    Very very few people are all good or all bad.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    They are neither.

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