Hsun Tzu Man's Nature Is Evil

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be innocent, but when bad decisions are made, the temptations will only get stronger and that is when the evil starts to appear more and more in our life’s. “Man’s nature is evil; goodness is the result of conscious activity. The nature of man is such that he is born with a fondness for profit. If he indulges this fondness, It will lead him into wrangling and strife, and all sense of courtesy and humility will disappear. He is born with feelings of envy and hate, and if he indulges theses, they will lead him into violence and crime, and all sense of loyalty and good faith will disappear.” (Tzu 84). Hsun Tzu is one of many people who believe that mans nature is evil. Tzu argues that man is full of hate. Hsun Tzu made some very good points,…show more content…
Looking down on others is learned. Treating them as equals is also learned. Man’s inhumanity to man has constantly polluted our history. Slavery is an example of behavior that is learned. Breaking away from that learned behavior is a very difficult task. Starting with a child and teaching him how to treat and respect others is a lot easier than changing the way others thing and have been conditioned to think for many years. Fredrick Douglas was able to change the way many people thought about slavery. Fredrick Douglas’s thirst for knowledge was instrumental in helping people realize that all men are created equal and it has been opportunity and oppression that has held many…show more content…
Despite all the obstacles that Fredrick Douglas had to overcome, he remained good. He made good choices. Education was the tool that helped him to remain good. By getting educated, Fredrick Douglas was able to show the world that all groups of men are equal and capable of learning. Education was respected and valued in the time of Fredrick Douglas. Not everyone had the opportunity to go to school; therefore, an education was a thing of status. Fredrick Douglas was able to show the world, once again, that man is basically good through his education. Fredrick Douglass had to pierce the ethnocentric bias of the population at that time. Fredrick Douglass's actions were heroic. He had the discipline not to fight back when harassed by children his age when he was young. He had the fortitude to stick with his goal. He persevered to the end. Fredrick Douglass was an inspiration not only to slaves, but also to
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