>>2833>Man is good, but is only conditioned to be evil or selfish.
I find that proposition hard to believe. From everything I've read and observed, it seems it's a complex calculation with a negative result.
On one hand, affective relations, learned morality and the evolutionary advantage of ethnocentrism give every man some basis of good in his heart. On the other hand, empirical observation through all of history seems to have reached a consensus codified in culture and religion -that Man has an inherent tendency towards evil.
The result is that the average person is selfish, hypocritical and cowardly, but not completely despicable and even capable of noble pursuits at times. Saintlike individuals, whose devotion to learned principles is strong, and the genuinely evil, who don't care about principles, are minorities.
I generally distrust the "Man is inherently good" rhetoric because its proponents are likely to engage in or at least endorse social engineering and experimentation.