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I know that doesn't sound very cheery, but I think it's essential to acknowledge this. If you assume that people naturally tend to do good, and it's only (insert your personal Public Enemy #1) that is messing things up, then you will try to make the world better in very unrealistic ways that ultimately do a lot of harm.
And in fact, it seems that the greatest harm is done by earnest people who want to create heaven on earth by stamping out all the bad things and starting over with a perfect society. Numerous dystopias have shown this, but also numerous cases in history. "Everything will be PERFECT if we can just get rid of the capitalists / communists / Jews / Hutus / rich people / educated people / uneducated people / low self-esteem" ... and the list goes on. Then, the purveyors of perfection are shocked and dismayed when things DON'T get perfect. They must not have done enough stamping out! So they start to see the hated group, or proponents of the hated idea, everywhere, and to ALSO stamp out anyone who is not condemning the Public Enemy strongly enough ... and rapidly, they have brought us hell on earth.
So, to sum up, if anyone claims to be working for, or bringing us, or be on the cusp of, utopia ... RUN!
I don't think anybody is completely good or bad even though their dominant side might overpower so we can only see that side of them
you were a writer
pen to paper.
just because you were not writing
does not mean you were not writing
― Nayyirah Waheed
There will always be war, hate, evil, and greed. That is just the dark side of human nature. We cannot kill that part of us. It takes great personal effort to remain pure, whole, and a good person. Even good people do bad things from time to time.
I think there would have to be an evolutionary change to humans to change our nature. We are who we were thousands of years ago, and we will continue to be the same. The Digital Era may have brought us out of the dark ages, but no technological advances can change the way we act/think naturally.
I think it's relevant to point out though that as a 'whole' it's most likely true. Have a look at any country, organisation etc... most have a history that repeats a similar story over and over, before they 'get it', if they ever do.
--Vol. Bobby Sands