Opinion: Is Mankind Evil?
Mankind is evil. The basic notation of this sentence is no one can be trusted completely, even though someone seems nice everyone has a streak of evil inside, even if they don't want to admit it. I agree with this statement based on a couple of things. First, if mankind wasn't evil why hasn't crime stopped? Everyday theres a new shooting and murder that gains national coverage, but not all stories get much if at all coverage. Last year in the United States there were 4.7 homicides per 100,000 people. A truly “nice” society would have had crime stopped or at least down sized and less violent by now, and obviously ours has not. Second, if the world were so great why don't we (mankind) not trust other humans? if the we as a society were a better place we wouldn't be cautious,non trusting or even blatantly scared of other human beings based on their looks, clothes, or other features. In conclusion, I do agree with the fact that mankind as a whole is evil, and hopefully someday we will be able to overcome it. The views of human nature have changed throughout the centuries. In the Middle Ages man was thought to have many flaws, and when the black plague came it was considered to be a punishment for all of man’s evil doings or that is what many believed. This was during a time period with a very basic understanding of the world, and yet these peoples conscious told them that by taking the lives of others they could save themselves. The poor treatment of people during the Industrial revolution as well as during World War I showed that people would never change their selfish ways. It was the realities of the Industrial Revolution that started to etch away the fantasies that were born during the Enlightenment. Historians mark the beginning of World War I the end official end of the Enlightenment because if is the time when all philosophers gave up hope in any good in humanity. How could anyone allow for such a catastrophe? Throughout...
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