It will never be possible to determine that the man is either good or evil, but only that it is both. And maybe is man first and foremost controlled by instincts.
Are people basically good or evil? Or did man come to the world as a blank slate, where the good or evil enrolled.
Some claims that man is basically evil. And much of what happens between people are vicious. I do not agree. In my view it is the opposite: most of what we do for each other is good. The vast majority of people are aspiring in a fundamental way of doing what is right.
Man is endowed with a kind of ethical intelligence that enables us to choose the good in the meeting with the fellow man. I define ethics as the way we do relate to our fellow human beings and to our outside world. … Every time we meet a fellow human being, we also meet ethics. Ethics is about the art of being a (co-) human.
And this art can be practiced – as all other skills. How do we learn to choose the ethical dilemmas? We have ethical principles such as equality, solidarity, respect for self-determination, our reason, which can be used for weighing consequences paired with insight but such a balance is not in itself the answer. Our conscience (to have a bad conscience is actually having a good conscience, because it means that it works well!). Empathic ability, which is the understanding and empathy for fellow human beings, so we do not act template-like and finally to inquire of others – a “tool” that should be used more.
But goodness is not just to give in. Fake goodness may be the inability to say no and say no. Fake goodness can also be masquerading as goodness to increase the ability to maneuver. True goodness is necessarily accompanied by good judgment – and sometimes courage.
Exercise of goodness can also be hampered by “counter-forces”. I can highlight the fear of interfering. Here, is a good judgment used to determine when something is what I would call officious care, and when it is a failure.
We strive to be good, because it’s appropriate, yes, because it pays to be. Life is so well
designed that no one who seriously tries to help others can avoid also to being helped. In other words: Good deeds need not be disinterested, the most important thing is that they are good and that they are carried out.
Furthermore, there are even experiments which indicate that experience of sweetness is carrying goodness. Also animals know the “good deeds”, whereas the humans may be a result of the evolution. Animals that share food with others who take care of weak individuals, who are warning the whole crowd, even though they are at risk and so on, are examples. And the behavior has ensured its survival and existence.
The Danish author and satirist Storm P. said in one of his paradoxes “Art is what you cannot do, if so, it is not art”. It will never be possible to determine, whether man is either good or evil, but only that it is both, no matter how much we spend of energy on ourselves and others.
…. And this is just why I’m asking when the peace, we all want will ever see the light of the day, considering that we before anything else must work hard to destroy the evil in our own house.