At the root of our NATURE (whatever that means) are we GOOD (whatever that means)? Or are we EVIL (whatever that means)??
When looking at events like the Holocaust or the Bosnian Genocide or countless other atrocities, can we conclude that our basically self-interested and evil tendencies are held back only by a few thin threads?
Or is it that deep down we are ultimately good?? That we have some fundamentally innate tendency towards compassion? Even if it is within some ambiguously defined in-group.
After all researchers like Frans de Waal argue that our moral building blocks are evident from research by primatologists and evolutionary biologists. We are pro-social by nature. One of my own favorite anecdotes is the fact that unrelated adult chimpanzees, sometimes at the expense of their own lives, will rescue drowning infants.
Christianity and Original Sin however argue we have an amalgam of both. At first, we had perfect and good natures, later corrupted by sin. Zoroastrians believe that the world and our own natures is a fierce war between Good and Evil.
So what do you think??
Are we basically Good or Evil? Or Good that can be made Evil?
Or maybe viceversa?