Ok this is my first post, Messiah and Azazel have been messing me up, everytime I feel I am ready to type a story, they writes a masterpiece, bunch of party poopers. Anyways I hope my poor excuse for a post is satisfactory.
So I am minding my business in class when the TA asked if we thought whether humans where naturally evil or good. The question stemmed from Hobbes’s saying that man in his natural nature was ““nasty, brutish, and short,”. Of course everyone was like Hobbes was wrong so on and so forth. It could be because it seemed like the TA was almost daring us to say man was evil. Well I did not take the bait, I am trying to make an A in the class…lol I’ll argue on other minor points like if Napoleon was a good person. I just want to hear y’alls opinion.
I tend to side with Hobbes. In an ideal world, Man would be all peaceful and good. We would share everything and be kind. But as a lot of us have found out from experience, people find reasons to stab you, to take you for granted, to use you. You know the saying “Nice guys finish last”. I refused to believe that saying, until na only last I dey carry…lol It seems like we have to sometimes be cold to avoid being hurt. Even the bible self (please don’t turn this into a religious argument) says the flesh is evil. Think of it how did the first man gain property? Didn’t he just decide a random spot on the earth was his? How did he decide this? What made it more his than his neighbor? It had to be his innate selfish nature that made him start thinking the random piece of land was his and not “ours”. Even if some men were born “good”, that trait must have died out. Because they would have been poor with no land, and no female will want to lick their lollipop (you can guess what song is on my Ipod at this moment…lol) This takes me on another tangent… Socialism
In my opinion socialism is the best form of government in an ideal world. But we do not live in a ideal world, we live in a “Real” world. In the real world humans are not unselfish. In the real world someone will realize that if “I don’t work, I would still get as much as the person next to me” Or why should I share with Ekaete? When I can be living in 5 mansions and riding 26 cars. Like that Wu tang song goes “Money rules everything around me”.
Back to Hobbes… The people that think that humans are naturally good, are just setting themselves up for failure IMO. A sucker is born everyday. This whole life is a game and those who do not play are getting played. It is extremely sad but it is reality. The optimist says the glass is half full, the pessimist says it is half empty, the realist knows it is just half…Any ways, what are your opinions?