Humans Are Flawed

Evan - Briarcliff Manor, New York
Entered on June 13, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I believe that people are inherently flawed. Throughout my life, I have tried to see the good in all people yet their imperfections always seem to be most prevalent in my mind. I am tired of news stories displaying the horrors of mankind, but I do believe that humans are capable of unspeakable atrocities. I have seen people do great and inspiring things for the benefit of others, and I have also seen the violence and brutality of mankind. I believe that people are not naturally ethical creatures. My idea of man’s harmony with nature conjures the image of an environment where there are limited resources in which we must either fight or help each other in order to survive or dominate in our respective societies. The world I live in has become increasingly complicated, and it is very unlikely that it will ever return to the more idyllic times in man’s history on earth. Animals, however, continue to exist in the natural world and are designed to be in competition with their neighbors in a more symbiotic relationship.

We have been placed under the confines of civilization and thus act accordingly. We are required by law to ignore our natural instincts to crush our competition. People are in competition for food, shelter, jobs, and mates. At the base of human existence, we are simply nature’s most complex creatures. We have the same primal instincts as the exotic animals lurking in the jungles. Our highly regulated environment does not allow us to act like animals even though it has happened throughout history. It does not surprise me that most people do not act entirely on their thoughts of revenge, anger, or emotional instability. These words may make me seem like a misanthrope. I understand why these accusations are warranted by my argument; however, I do not despise people. I am fascinated by our behaviors. The intricacies of the mind are too complicated to be understood even by itself. I am and always will be enamored by the complexities of human emotion and interaction. I am fascinated by the unspoken regulations that govern our lives and keep the species thriving, for without rules, we would destroy each other.