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The Weight of Circumstance

July 8, 2010
By sweet_silent_surenity GOLD, Puyallup, Washington
sweet_silent_surenity GOLD, Puyallup, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved- loved for ourselves or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." -Victor Hugo-

I don‘t know what provoked the thought, it was a movie, or a book, or just a random scrap or writing I started then tucked into a forgotten pocket, and found later. But recently I have stumbled upon one of the most debated age-old questions. Is human nature really good? And with every question there are answers of every opinion. All these opinions have been rummaging, swirling, and knocking throughout my brain. I don’t really know what to do with them aside from writhe them down.

The first is the negative. Human nature is bad. This opinion says that if killing was a legal practice, people would kill each other for even the smallest things. We would kill for different gender, race, eye color, hair color, beliefs, culture, and every other thing imaginable. Then one day, under a sad sky, there would be two people left. Both male. Both white. Both with blue eyes and the same beliefs. Both clutching their weapon, ready to strike. You think the fight would be over, but then, getting a chance to strike his opponent, the right handed one would kill the left handed one. Believe it or not there are really people that are this pessimistic.

Next is the positive answer. The optimist. "Yes of course human nature is good!" This is what most people want to believe. That if you took away insecurity or money, or other material possessions, everyone would be able to see that people are different that we portray ourselves to be with all these things in the way. If we could just get past it all, to who we truly are inside, then everyone would see we are the same.

Lastly, there is the realist. A mixture of the both, and probably the opinion closest to the truth. They believe that it all depends on circumstance. If someone was born into a beautiful home, with beautiful parents, and beautiful siblings, but they themselves could not compare. That person would spend their whole lives thinking they were not good enough. Even if they were better looking than the average person. Because of this they try hard to compensate for they're lack of beauty with may cup and maybe having an eating disorder. They're self-esteem issues compel them to put down others every chance they get, hoping that it will make them feel better about themselves. And it does, but only for a short time. Or if someone was abused as a child. Yelled at and beaten. That person would generally have trust issues and have a truly hard time not passing the abuse down to future generations. Any yet these same people, given different circumstance, could have been great friends, or mothers, or fathers. These same people could have had good and healthy lives. They could have been better and nicer people, something circumstance would not allow.

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Started out as a comment, but I decided to make it my own thing.

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