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#1 Old 08-09-2009, 04:14 PM
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Would you say that the majority of people that come across on a daily basis, complete strangers, co-workers, friends/family members etc., are compassionate, morally conscious people?
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#2 Old 08-09-2009, 04:41 PM
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#3 Old 08-09-2009, 04:44 PM
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Most people appear to be "okay".



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I find it hard to say because I don't really get to examine most people's moral character unless I know them or have extended interactions with them.



But I do believe that people are inherently good at the start. They may become bad (or behave badly; there's a difference) later for various reasons (including environmental reasons, chemical imbalances/brain malformations/mental disorders, etc.), but I've always believed that people start out as good and morally compassionate. Obviously, not everyone stays that way or we (society, the world, us as individuals) wouldn't have most of the problems we do.



For the most part, though, I think that most people are probably good people. Whether they make moral decisions that I agree with in regards to their treatment of animals is another story. I know a lot of good, compassionate people (my mom, for example) who are omnis and have no interest in veg*nism (for various reasons). As much as I may disagree, I don't believe that that inherently disqualifies them from being compassionate, caring people.

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I think most of the humans I come across on a daily basis are trash. Rude, obnoxious ****heads who can't mind their own business.
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cant really say....dont wanna put ALL people in a group...I come in contact with good and not sooo good people daily....so its about even.
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How do we define good? most people that I know are basically ok people but their ethical and moral standards runs on a sliding scale that suits themselves, compassion and humility seam to be a scarce.
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How do we define good? most people that I know are basically ok people but their ethical and moral standards runs on a sliding scale that suits themselves, compassion and humility seam to be a scarce.



Someone is 'good', in my view, when they are empathetic/compassionate and humble.
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I really have no idea.
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I would say, very generally, people are good but a bit weak and easily convinced of things.
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I think human beings have the capacity to be very good or very evil.



(Most people I meet annoy me though!)
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#13 Old 08-10-2009, 12:11 AM
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I think most people think they are.

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#14 Old 08-10-2009, 03:13 AM
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Someone is 'good', in my view, when they are empathetic/compassionate and humble.



"Good" to me is having some sense of moral virtue or a moral compass. I think people generally know what the "right" thing to do is, but because of pressures from others/society and egocentrism, they act differently than what their first instincts might be.



Empathetic would not be the best word to describe "good," IMO, for no one can empathize with everyone. We might, however, be able to sympathize.



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I think human beings have the capacity to be very good or very evil.



I agree.
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I think this is a pretty pointless question. People aren't good or bad, people are people. We are always going to judge other and hold them accountable to standards that we set and attempt to abide by certain rules that we believe to be correct for ourselves, but to try and put any objective value on good and bad just smacks of religion and dogmatism to me.
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Simple answer... yes.

More complicated answer... I don't have time right now to elaborate.
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Yes, they just have other morals.

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I think this is a pretty pointless question. People aren't good or bad, people are people. We are always going to judge other and hold them accountable to standards that we set and attempt to abide by certain rules that we believe to be correct for ourselves, but to try and put any objective value on good and bad just smacks of religion and dogmatism to me.



Saying that someone is 'good' is a value judgement, not an objective analysis, in the same way that I might say certain food is delicious or a certain book is interesting. I might as well have asked 'are most people compassionate?'.



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for no one can empathize with everyone. We might, however, be able to sympathize.



To 'sympathize' means 'to suffer with'. 'Empathy' means 'in feeling'.
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People are innately good, just vulnerable to bad thoughts, action, and intent.
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that's a really hard question. it's easier to focus on the negative and so my immediate knee jerk reaction is no, but i think most people are pretty decent. i just wish people would quit being so half-arsed with their compassion.
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I think most people are selfish to the extent that any compassion they may be capable of is disregarded because they think it's too difficult to do the right thing so they don't even bother trying - that is, unless the right thing to do is a social norm and as such doesn't really require the person to think about it too much.
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To 'sympathize' means 'to suffer with'. 'Empathy' means 'in feeling'.







To sympathize means to feel pity or sorrow for someone else's misfortune. To empathize means to understand and directly identify with another's situation, feelings, and experiences.



You can only empathize with someone if you have personally experienced what he or she is going through.



You can sympathize with everyone.
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I'm not sure about the rest of the world, but I do not think the majority of Americans are what I would consider good people. Some put on the act in public, but most aren't really what I would call good deep down.
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To sympathize means to feel pity or sorrow for someone else's misfortune. To empathize means to understand and directly identify with another's situation, feelings, and experiences.



You can only empathize with someone if you have personally experienced what he or she is going through.



You can sympathize with everyone.



The word 'empathy' comes from 'Einfühlung', 'ein' meaning 'in' and 'fuhlung' meaning 'feeling'. 'Sympathy' comes from 'syn', meaning 'together' and 'pathos' meaning 'feeling'.



Almost everyone has experienced one of the four basic emotions (happiness, sadness, anger and fear) to some degree, even if they haven't been in every possible situation that could cause that emotional response.
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I think most people are good.
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in new orleans, yes. the rest of the world, not so much.

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Well, there are a few people hanging by our window now dropping a series of F-Bombs, so that makes me want to say no.



But I don't like to generalise. Most of the time we hear on the media of bad people doing bad things, and such similar things. I don't believe that is representative of the general population, although it may feel that way sometime. I think there are more good people that bad people.
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I'm not sure about the rest of the world, but I do not think the majority of Americans are what I would consider good people. Some put on the act in public, but most aren't really what I would call good deep down.



Seriously?! You think the majority of people in America are bad people? How are they bad?

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