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Human nature refers to individual characteristics including ways of thinking feeling and acting These are characteristics with which people are born When humans are born they do not automatically become good they are educated and lead by parents teachers or elders Hsun Tzu argues that humans are naturally evil I believe this to be true In order to be good you have to be taughtIn Hsun Tzus writing his philosophy is that mens nature is evil and goodness is the result of conscious activity He argues that men are born with feelings of envy and hate Evil is not being a murderer or a terrible human being Evil can be as little as being selfish because that can lead to stealing cheating or lying On page 102 paragraph 2 line 7 Hsun Tzu states it is the nature of man that when he is hungry he will desire satisfaction when he is cold he will desire warmth and when he is weary he will desire rest Those are characteristics that human nature develops in order to survive and which in many cases results to turning evil I believe Hsun Tzu in that human nature is evil because it comes naturally Humans are not perfect as a result they have to get educated and be guided by our leaders to be good On page 101 paragraph 1 line 8 Hsun Tzu states man must first be transformed by the instructions of a teacher and guided by ritual principles and only then will he be able to observe the dictates of courtesy and humility obey the forms and rules of society and achieve order Therefore humans cannot be born good and then turn evil human nature is inherently evil so they have to be instructed to be good That is why we have a government that provides humans with rules to obey Humans are evil thus they need punishment to learn when they break the law
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