Is human nature good or evil?
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A couple of weeks ago I was having a philosophical conversation with some friends who claimed that human nature is evil.
My reaction was this and I wanted to share it with you:
I sincerely doubt that human nature is evil. Actually quite the opposite, as there are many factors that indicate that humans per se are inclined towards good. Nevertheless the educational mainstream model that prevails since long time ago pushes mankind towards competition instead of cooperation.
We have been led to believe that we live in an “asphalt jungle” and that if another person is “better” than yourself then you will be eaten alive in the race towards “success”.
Most people has not realized, yet, that we have been put one against the other because fear of your fellow beings is one of the pillars of the socio-economic model that we live in and that only benefits a few.
The true revolution, the one that will produce a fair, human (and fraternal) socio-economic and political system is an educational revolution. It won’t come from an armed revolution or any physical confrontation. That revolution, my dear heads of households (all the friends I was talking to are already parents) starts with the individual and in how, when, and where you educate your children. We need to start teaching compassion, self (unconditional) love and love to your fellows beings, charity, cooperation and co-responsibility.
Human beings are a permanent work in progress. Our personalities, customs and habits are formed and as such they change over time. Everything in life changes, mutates, adapts, adjusts, because life is change. Society and the individual form and adapt each other therefore we can safely say that it is up to the individual to balance change towards good or evil. Thus, change and the reality we live in is a personal and non-transferrable responsibility.
The moment when we make ourselves completely responsible of our actions and fully assume our role as agents of change instead of delegating our duties or responsibilities to our government, the system, or God then we will truly transcend and prosper in every possible way. As individuals and as a whole.
This week I am taking a workshop with Sister Cyril Mooney (click on her name to get more info about her and her work), she’s one of the pioneers of inclusive, value-based education and since I met her, around two years ago, I was struck by her methodology as it focuses on cooperation (love), rather than competition against others (greed). It is quite an interesting approach as it encourages people to give, rather than take. Thus, the competition is with your own self and as such it takes you to explore and enhance your own strengths and to recognize other’s gifts and abilities. With this mindset you end up feeling stronger and happier as you know you are doing your best to preserve this supportive, caring environment rather than alone, depressed or unsatisfied as a consequence of living in a careless, greedy community. You feel like you belong, that you still matter, that you are important, even if you’re not the best at everything.
We will post more on this experience as we will be gladly contributing to spread the word and make this beautiful methodology available to as much people as possible. In the meantime please share your thoughts and if you feel you would like to contribute somehow to Sister Cyril’s work, or to Sum Mundus, please contact us either through our Facebook page or by email.