Thursday, May 3, 2018

Question: Do You Believe We Are Born Good?

I certainly believe we are all born good, but evolutionary traits in our DNA do cause us to be jealous, greedy, and vain as we start to learn about the world. Life has been trying to find ways to survive since the start, so it's not unnatural to have these traits, since as a individual organism, looking out for number one has usually worked out for the best. But at least we are intelligent enough to correct children as they start to grow and learn. I certainly reject (as a irreligious person) the Christian belief of "original sin" and even did when I considered myself a Christian. The dogma that even a child is doomed for hell (without being "saved") is one of the most fundamentally wrong things religion ever came up with. 

Do you believe we are all born good? 

10 comments:

  1. I think we are born good and innocent. We learn everything else as we grow up.

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  2. I don't believe we are all born good, evolutionary traits as you said.

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  3. You are born INNOCENT...........then it is up to your upbringing by parents (can be rotten to the core - result of many horrible unwed things - rape, drugs etc etc), then you have schooling and your peer relationships with friends (the good, bad and unspeakable).
    Quite a track to climb up and hopefully with good in all, you will be a good person.
    Religious zealots are also a real problem.........just look at the nit-wits who voted for Turnip Top!
    Colin

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  4. Like Huggybear, I would make the distinction that all people are born INNOCENT and remain so while babies. But we all have the POTENTIAL for both good and evil and time alone will tell which way a person will go.

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  5. We are blank slates at birth. And then there's nature and nurture.

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  6. This topic quickly becomes complicated.

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  7. I agree with Debra and Huggybear. It's so hard to know. But yes, children are born innocent. However, I've seen children in the same household, treated the same way turn out so differently.

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  8. I don't believe we are all born good -- innocent, yes -- and I also don't believe a god (or Satan) has anything to do with it.

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  9. Some of us are luckier in the genetic jackpot than others. Some children start out with huge genetic handicaps. I believe that nurture can temper genetics and that more than anything children need unconditional love, structure, and guidance. We are born innocent, but complicated forces shape us.

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