Growing up my parents taught me what I still believe are the basic fundamental values every person should have, including honesty, integrity, and respect. Little me always believed that everyone lived by those same values so I always trusted people. I was naïve and did not think cheating and stealing were even possible let alone that people actually did it. I thought everyone was naturally good. But was I right?
As I grew older, I realized accidents occurred and people made mistakes. This seemed natural because honestly who can be perfect all the time? But as I looked more into various situations I realized that people could be mean and I did not get it. I grew up pretty sheltered and my parents protected me from almost everything they believed would corrupt me. The positive side to this was that I became a very trusting person who would always look to the bright side of things but the down side? I was very easily taken advantage of because I was unaware of A LOT.
One thing I was ignorant of was that there were people in the world like Regina George.
According to Janis, Regina is “evil [in] human form.” But is this evil formed because of the way she was raised or was she actually just born evil? Some people do in fact have biological differences that result in them being naturally a certain way but people can also change.
Hobbes believes that state of nature is “unduly pessimistic” and that “benevolence is limited” and I cannot say that I entirely disagree. I do not think that niceness is necessarily “limited” but I do think that there is only so much of it in the world. In a true state of nature, which is “what life would be like… without government,” only so many people would show any signs of caring for others whereas most others would become self-interested and selfish. This demonstrates Hobbes’ cynical view of people. There is no way to determine what everyone in the world will be like in a time of anarchy.
I now believe that perspective is key. The way people are raised, where they are raised, who they are raised by, etc. effects the way that they see the world and other people. It cannot be determined whether someone else is naturally good or bad unless you look into his or her situation and family history. But, I am also convinced that someone’s state of nature can change depending on different situations.
Who knows, maybe for some people what it takes to change is getting hit by a bus, @reginageorge?