Good Human (Cont)

The good human view points out that it is true humans have a selfish gene, but we also have a social gene. And, from our biological social gene we can be cooperative and altruistic. This view argues that our inherent biology is productive and that our negative characteristics come mostly from the cultural dictates that we are programmed to. That is, we are conditioned by social conformity to be good or bad. This picture argues that it is cultural conditioning that brings about human destructiveness. Good human contends that it is cultural ethnocentrism that is the cause of human self-absorption. So, from this point of view the negative aspects of us are caused by environmental factors that we have become acclimatized to corrosive conditioning.

This portrayal of human nature is one of the noble savage (bon savage – idealized indigent). Good human is a view that is more idealistic, confident, promising and focuses on the human potential for self-growth. This view says humans have a capacity to exhibit exemplary and sophisticated behaviors. Buddhism believes in the innate goodness, virtuousness, probity, integrity, uprightness, and dignity of human beings.

Good human can be seen in Ancient Tibet that has an interpretation of humans that says:

tibet poem