I disagree. I believe that people, well...most people...are genuinely good and strive to do good.
For example, not all criminals commit crime because they are inherently "bad" or have become "bad". They commit crime for other reasons such as peer pressure or trying to feed themselves their family.
Mankind is not violent and cruel. You might be surprised how much good you can find if you just look.
I know of no one who eats their own family. Then again i know of no cannibals of any kind.
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However for the rest i agree 100%. Even war is "peer pressure" to join the military and then peer pressure to shoot the so called "enemy".
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There are 121 veterans in the US Congress right now. That represents a much higher proportion than in general society.
Your thought always makes me scratch my head, it makes no sense.
The very need for law is strong evidence for man's evilness.
Also, you cannot really determine human nature based upon the constructs of society (law, and therefore crime). We construct laws to punish what we don't like, an act of selfishness, and we generally intend them to affect a distinct minority, an immoral act.
Also, almost everyone is good when they think someone is watching.