shellyrl asked: Would you elaborate on why you believe humanity is ultimately "good" through example, as well as define your definition of good and why it is applicable to human nature? I find the main problem with these issues is defining good in the first place. I can say what is immoral and I can argue for emphaty, but defining the human race as "good" tends to run into antique over morality in conversation.
Good is a very subjective term, I’ll give you that. But good is normally defined by what is “morally right.”
I’ve met very few people, who try to go against what they view as good. Even the most sociopathic of people I’ve met think, as they are usually either cops or in the military, that they are doing what is good.
That leads me to believe that human nature is to do what is good. That doesn’t mean that most people actually know what is good, as I would define it. As in the sense that it is morally wrong to initiate force against others. But most people haven’t ever heard that kind of thinking. And when they have they don’t have the ability to apply it universally.
I’ve never met anyone who said “I want to do what is the worst thing possible for humanity.” I’m not saying those people don’t exists but I’ve never met anyone like that.
The problem lies on what most people think is good.
"Good is a very subjective term"
"it is morally wrong to initiate force against others"
Yes. Clearly, Ray Rice punched the shit out of his fiance because he thinks men generally throw things more effectively than women. Why are we giving these idiots the time of day? They’re completely unserious thinkers that aren’t actually helping to solve anything.
Never mind the media’s constant portrayal of men and husbands as complete idiots who are incapable of performing even the most basic tasks without the assistance of their beautiful, responsible, and intelligent wife. That doesn’t devalue men at all, huh?
Domestic violence doesn’t stem from perceived (not to mention accurate) differences between men and women. It stems from evil pieces of shit who were clearly never taught to respect a lady. But what’s interesting is that nobody would’ve had these reactions at all if Ray Rice had punched another man. It would’ve just been brushed aside as a common everyday fight. Even if Ray Rice knocked the man out as well. But because it was a woman, people are outraged. While I agree with the outrage, clearly their thinking is inconsistent. If they truly believe in this extreme equality, then a woman would be just as capable of handling herself in a fight as a man. But this obviously isn’t true.