30-day blogging challenge: Day 5 (Favorite Quote)

I am not sure if my answer will qualify as a quote. For me, it is more of a guiding principle; something for me to believe most of the time.

Man is inherently good.

–        John Locke

Now, before you raise your eyebrows at this quote by John Locke, I want to explain my side.

I want to believe that all of us are good by nature. In my 22 years of existence, I have experienced a lot of negative things – betrayals, lies, back stabbings, break-ups, rejections, etc. and some may assume that I have been jaded in life already. Whenever I feel weary about these things happening to me, I always go back to this social contract theory by the Father of Modern Liberalism. Even though others do not like his view regarding man’s morality, it still helps me to overcome challenges that are being thrown my way.

Locke believes that man is inherently good; that a person is ruled by reason and tolerance. I do share his views on this. I believe that man has morality as an individual, and that no matter how “evil” he is, he is “good” deep within. I try to understand that he is driven to do something evil only because of forces that he cannot handle by himself.

How many times do we read in novels and watch in TV shows and movies how the antagonist regrets what he has done? Even if he realized his mistakes at the end of the show, it still indicates that man is still good and capable of understanding morals.

So no matter what a person does to me, I try to take the optimistic view of the nature of man. I think it won’t help if we believe that others are bad, will it?

What is your say about it? Do you also believe that man is inherently good? Or bad?




11 thoughts on “30-day blogging challenge: Day 5 (Favorite Quote)

  1. Man is inherently good… that is true. It’s not a straight path though.
    This post reminded me of this quote from The Historian.

    “History has taught us that the nature of man is evil, sublimely so. Good is not perfectible, but evil is. Why should you not use your great mind in service of what is perfectible?”

    1. Haha, I understand. After Locke, there were lots of empiricists who wanted to prove that he is wrong. Thomas Hobbes, for one, opposed him with his view that man is inherently evil – controlled only by his self-interest. However, I am still echoing Locke’s opinion that the mind is like a tabula rasa, a blank slate. When we were born, we do not have the sense of what is right and wrong. It all depends on what we have learned when we grow up.

        1. Oh, I haven’t finished any book this weekend. Was out and gaining my “lost” social life hahaha. And of course, Dumbledore with “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

          Perhaps Carr is an HP fan! kkk

          1. KKKKKKKK!
            Perhaps! Oh, oh and Dumbledore’s “It is not our abilities that define who we truly are. It is our choices.”

            This is turning into a BOQ – Battle of the Quotes. Hahahaha!

  2. Yes, I agree that every person is inherently good. What I feel is that sometimes it depends on what relationship you share with that person to consider him good or bad. So, suppose I know this person who has done bad to me and I keep telling the world that she deserves being hated and all; why do I forget that the same person must be loved by many others who share that kind of a relationship with her. So, each of us is loved by some, hated by some and hence I believe, it is wrong to judge a person. No matter how bad someone is, deep down there is goodness because there is love.

    1. Whoa, thanks for your analysis, Nikita. You are correct. It is wrong to judge a person especially based on just what he did. Sometimes, some people were just driven to do something even if they do not want to. More often than not, people turned into “bad” because of lack of “good”. We have seen so many evidences for that. A jealous, over-protective wife because she didn’t receive love, a rebellious son who wants his parents’ attention, an imperialist leader who wants to conquer the world because he was bullied in his childhood, etc.

Share your thoughts, I would love to read them!