Re: Re: It's only our libidos running wild....January 24 2004 at 8:41 AM
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Thanks Exile for your input. It's good we exchange ideas and educate ourselves in the process. I'll explain why I said our hearts have a perennial tendency towards corruption. Let's try our minds at some simple logic.
I start by introducing a hypothesis as you mentioned that the human heart is well balanced by the presence of both good and evil and that it is our actions that are influenced by either the good or the evil side depending on our desires and other subjective factors and depending also on the presence or absence of the appropriate stimulii. Of course that is the state of being which we are all striving to achieve because right now we find ourselves struggling to restore equilibrium in our personal and public lives - call it the quest for a good, honorable life of peace and contentment.
I will introduce another hypothesis called the null hypothesis which is that the human heart is corrupt and that we have to look for ways to disprove this null hypothesis. By that I mean finding evidence or substantiating the claim that the human heart is indeed corrupt. It is the body of evidence and substantiation that we are concerned with here. If we do not have enough of these, then we can reject the null hypothesis and accept the original hypothesis. But if there is overwhelming evidence to support the null hypothesis, it would seem that the null hyothesis cannot easily be done away with...
OK, let's move on. Some questions for all of us to answer or ponder. The major religions around the world have philosophies of doing good to others and to respect others. Generally we strive to be good ALL the time; we must not "sleep" in this endeavor, for that is the time the evil half of our hearts will try to take over - as you correctly point out.
So the question becomes, why do we strive to do good ALL the time? If we have a well balanced heart, we will not have to worry about doing good all the time because the good aspect of our hearts will always cancel out the bad aspect of our hearts and as such, equilibrium is continually maintained.
I think we strive to do good all the time because that is the only way to get away from our corrupt nature and also to keep the evil side of our hearts at bay.
That's the basis of my argument, but it is by no means perfect.
You may have your counter arguments, please share it...