The Morality of Man

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In this essay, I will delve into both morality and empathy. The question of nature verses nurture is a huge bone of contention in many societies across the globe and wars have been fought solely on the grounds of people’s beliefs. Man’s actions alone do not tell the whole story. In order to have a greater understanding of our own motivations and propensity towards violence and compassion, we must delve deep into the psyche and subconscious of both ourselves and others.

Humankind or Human-unkind
These days, you would be forgiven for thinking that the whole world has gone insane. With the aid of modern media, we are continually bombarded with stories and images of extreme violence from virtually every corner of the world. Modern media tends to depict people at their worst and as we all know, the main driving factor behind the content put forward by most media outlets is demand. This indicates that if we were given a choice between watching ‘good news stories’ or ‘bad news stories’, the majority of us would choose the latter. Why is this? What does it say about humankind as a whole? Time and again, we hear people of an older generation begin sentences with “In my day…..” or “When I was young……” followed by how everything and everybody was safer, more content and happier in days past. Is this true? Over the course of a single generation, have we really degenerated into a society surrounded by anarchy and inhabited mostly by people void of emotions for their fellow human being? Or, are we just looking at a small part of a much bigger and complex picture? To answer these and other questions, it is necessary to venture into the past in a bid to understand the present and predict the plight of man in the future.
The Emergence of Compassion
These days, the overarching theory on the origin of man is Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. His theory that…...

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