Okay, I caught some flack for my last post, Spreading vs. Stealing. Yeah, at least the guy sent me an email, he didn't have to do that. My apologies... I was just whining. Sorry!!! I promise it won't happen again!!! :-)
But on the bright side it did lead to another great comment from one of my favorite people Chuck Conway.
"People are inherently good" I don’t agree. I believe people are inherently self-severing. You posted a post a while back: Super Duper Nice!
That is a great distinction: Good vs. Self Serving. And I agree. People are self serving. But they're also good, for the most part... let me explain.
First, lets get a definition of Good (of course there are many, but this one is well suited): "moral excellence or admirableness"
There is no question that most people act in a self-serving manner. It is part of our genetic makeup to some extent. As a species, we survive by being self-serving. But that doesn't mean that we don't have moral excellence or that we aren't admirable. Perhaps it is like a giant bell curve where most people are in the middle and you have a much smaller percentage of folks at either end of the spectrum: Ted Bundy on the bad side and Mother Teresa on the other. Most of us are not Ghandi or Mother Teresa, but most of us aren't serial killers either.
Does that mean that we each of us don't falter from time to time? Of course we do.
I think that deep down most people are good. There is a great example that Joseph Cambell used while he discussed the mythological aspect of the movie Star Wars:
Think about the mercenary, Hans Solo - he thought he was a materialist, but deep down he was a compassionate human being at the same time. The adventure evoked a quality of his character that he hadn’t known he possessed. He thinks he’s an egoist, but he really isn’t.
I love that and I think that is true for so many people. Where/when are people put into situations to evoke their true character? It isn't that people are bad, they just don't get to show their good side that often. If you really think of it, most people aren't walking around the earth looking to "hurt" people, right?
Fouroboros made a fantastic comment on the phone one day:
The story you'll never see on the news: The house that didn't burn down.
What a great thought, huh? We are inundated with bad news and negativity so it's no wonder that we tend to believe are so self-serving.
But here's the question: Just because people are self-serving, which I'll admit that they are, that doesn't mean that they aren't good, right?
I think that this is only the beginning of the discussion... Chuck? Thoughts?