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Mans nature can be looked at in many different ways Observing a few of the several views helps one to appreciate all of the positive and negative characteristics man has brought forth The majority of the views are negative or pessimistic and they are attracted to the thought of whether man has any hope whereas the positive views focus on the outstanding needs and abilities of man Christmas has its positive and negative characteristics to it as well which is a good example One of the positive point of views came from Ashley Montigu who was an optimistic man that believed that the outstanding characteristic of mankind is his ability to learn Such aspects of life including physical needs of food clothing and shelter are main priorities He believed that if children were raised so their needs are met they would grow up healthy happy and stable Emotionally man needs love and acceptance and without those variables he will break down Christmas can be related to Ashley Montigus view because it is a time for love joy generosity and peace When one gives to the less fortunate his heart flourishes with joy and happiness yet if one does not give or receive he will be left with a rotten cold feeling just as if a child were raised without their physical or emotional needs The majority of mans views are negative including the Scientific view and the Western Religious view Firstly the Scientific view believed that man evolved from an upright walking tool using intelligent ape-like creature Scientists theorized that he inherited a genetic code and his intelligence outgrew his emotional development therefore leaving him emotionally retarded Man is looked at as being territorially aggressive which could be very dangerous in a nuclear age The Western Religious view of mans nature believes that man is sinful or imperfect and leaves one with the thought of if we are all born with original sin
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