The Goodness in Man

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe more I read, the more that I think, the clearer it becomes to me that man is good.

We are engineered for good, we are wired to be good and to do good. We are born good.

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, …

Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator

If this is true, then how come there is so much hate in the world today?

We have for all of time, focused on our differences, the things that divide us and not understood or celebrated the things that we share. But is the world really as full of hate as we imagine?

War, plague and pestilence are disappearing from our world as a result of the love that we have for our own:

In ancient societies human violence caused 15% of all deaths. By the 20th century this had been reduced to just 5% and so far in the 21st century it is as low as 1% (0.2% were killed in war and 0.8% as a result of violent crime).

In the late 17th century countries were losing as many as 20% of their population to famine. Today, while some isolated areas will still be hit by famine they are now very much a rarity and we have the means to overcome them relatively quickly. In most parts of the world if a person was to loose their income and all of their possessions it is highly unlikely that they will starve to death. Even in the worst slums around the world, few people die from starvation. In today’s world you are 3 times more likely to die from obesity related causes than you are to die from famine and malnutrition.

We have wiped out many diseases that had wiped out tens of millions of people. The statistics are staggering. Plagues, like the Black Death, that spread around much of the world and killed up to 25% of some populations. One third of the global population was infected by the Spanish Flu in the early part of the 20th Century. Today we are alarmed by new plagues: SARS, Sine Flu, Ebola but they cannot take hold and are very quickly dealt with.  We are even dealing with AIDS so that for most populations AIDS is no longer a death sentence.

All of this great work can only be as a result of loving and compassionate people, corporations and nations working together. There are those who will claim that it has all been done in the name of greed and corporate profit. Yes, it is true that corporations make sometimes huge profits from their work in these areas. But at least now it is within our own power as a species, to make things better and reduce the incidence of suffering for all mankind.

Watch now as the world turns its focus and vast wealth and resources towards dealing with issues of the environment and human happiness.

… we … have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.

British Politician, Jo Cox

It is a natural human instinct to need to believe in and be a part of something much bigger than ourselves. Today that something is humanity and a belief that we are good enough, there is enough goodness within us, to take care of ourselves and each other.

You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. 

Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator




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