Originally Posted by NMG26
Do you really believe that most people are bad? Sure there are some bad people, but I would not say most. I'd say most are good.
I don't think the bad outweigh the good. I think the good outweigh the bad. That is part of my faith. I don't know that there is a god or not either. Faith is not just about having God pegged or in a box. Faith in humanity and the goodness of man is just as important, or even more important.
People who believe in God can be evil as well. Often they are as evil as the God they believe in.
Groups of people are more likely to do bad, and do it better than lone individuals. Call it what you want, mob mentality, peer pressure, herd instinct, but lots of people that thought they were good, and were thought to be good by others have participated in bad group behaviors.
I believe that some people are inherently good, and some people are inherently bad.
Group behaviors can also influence people to be good. In a peaceful society where bad behaviors are frowned upon, people do better.
When the grocery store shelves are bare for a week, then you will find out who is good and who is bad. Be prepared to watch people change in situations like that. Some rise to the occasion to heroic levels, some sink to lows even they haven't imagined yet.
Be careful about who you let in your foxhole.