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Evil is complete wickedness and immorality When asking if humans are intrinsically evil we are asking if they are hurtful by nature and if they are born with desires only to be destructive and to cause pain If humans are intrinsically evil then they do good things only for personal gain and they do evil things as a response to their nature If humans are intrinsically good they are born with desires to help others and better society If they are good then they do good things as a response to their nature and do evil things because they are corrupted by society either because of dysfunctional social upbringing upsetting circumstances or because they truly believe that what they are doing is the right thing It is important to ask if humans are intrinsically evil in order to understand how to best govern our society In understanding our nature we can understand the necessity of various forms of punishment and instilling compliance with societys rules If people are evil then corporal punishment is necessary because they are less likely to learn from their mistakes or regret what they have done If people are good then corporal punishment is less necessary because with therapy they can understand what they have done wrong and learn from their mistakes Because are naturally sympathetic and because most crimes have been committed because of some form of corruption I argue that humans are intrinsically good We cannot blame evil for the evil actions humans commit People do evil things because they mistake these actions as a means to good and happiness Humans are intrinsically good because we naturally feel sympathetic toward others who suffer Everyone is born with a conscience a moral sense of what is right and wrong and as a result people want to do what is right Joseph Butler who focuses on human natures positive elements supports this theory He explained that on a hierarchy of human
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