When I was in junior high school I had a teacher that asked the class if we thought man was generally evil or good. There was much discussion and then the teacher had the class vote. To my surprise I was the only student that thought man was basically good. Every other student thought that man was evil. The teacher even openly disagreed with me.
I was recently reminded of this and began to dwell on my answer. I still believe man is good.
I wonder what those other students and teacher’s life has been like. I wonder if they have gone through the last 45 years thinking the same thing. What is their view point on people? Would they distrust all people if they thought man was basically evil? Maybe they felt they were evil and believed that because they were, everyone else must be?
I believe that we all were created by a good creator who loved us and wanted to give us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He gave us the ability to be free. To be able to make choices. If we were made in our creator’s image then we must be good because no creator that was evil would give us these wonderful attributes.
Don’t get me wrong, good people have evil thoughts. We all do. We all have to work toward being positive and good.
Because I believe all men are basically good I’m able to trust all people. I get along with everyone. I’ve really never met a person I didn’t like.
I’ve had people be mean to me and perhaps some might say they are evil. I think people are mean because they have certain needs and don’t really realize they are being mean.
You may disagree with me. I’m okay with that. I really don’t care what other’s think about others. I don’t really care what others think about me. I’m able to look in the mirror every morning and be pleased with the progress I’ve made to be a better human being and with that man is basically good.
I sure wish I could go back to class and argue with that teacher. I’d look him in the eye and say, “You may think all man is evil but I think you’re a great and good man!”
I don’t think he would have argued that statement.