Are there truly “good vs evil” people in society?!

Question from the Internet:

“Why doesn’t the government put people who lack empathy in work camps to make the world a better place?”

Such questions keep recurring, stemming from the belief that there are “good” and there are “evil” people in the world, and if we removed the “evil” ones we would have a nice, perfect world around us.

This is unfortunately a total misunderstanding.

We are all born with the same inherent nature, and by default, we are all “evil”.

Driven by our 100% self-serving, self-justifying, individualistic, and subjective egos we can all make calculations only for self-benefit. We all — knowingly, unknowingly succeed, survive at each other’s expense, especially now, in the globally integrated, interdependent world we evolved into.

We have countless historic and present-day experiences in how much “good” people could suddenly turn “evil” We have psychological studies — like the infamous “Stanford Prison Experiment” — proving that simple, everyday people with no obvious “evil streak” in them can turn into ruthless, blood-thirsty “concentration camp guards_ enjoying the torture of others.

Nothing will change in the world, we will not find any solution to our mounting increasingly threatening problems until each and every person in the world recognizes, accepts the inherently “evil” ego in us, and start consciously, willingly correcting, changing oneself — instead of blaming, correcting, censoring and destroying others.

Of course, we are not actually evil, we are not responsible for the nature we were born with. But we become responsible for our behavior the moment we recognized our true nature and also received a method for our self-correction.

This is when our “truly Human” development starts. Until then we are not more than sophisticated animals, that behave worse than animals, outside of, against Nature’s finely balanced integration, homeostasis.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.