Human nature is the egotistical behaviours that drive the human race to be creative and inquisitive. Although some philosophers may disagree with the validity of this statement, others such as Aristotle, John Stuart Mill and Thomas Hobbes would believe it to be true. After examining the beliefs of these philosophers and using real-life examples to rebut the beliefs of those who disagree, man’s true nature of curiousity, creativity and selfishness is clearly evident.
Once inspecting the philosophical beliefs of Thomas Hobbes, Aristotle and John Stuart Mill, human’s creative, inquiring and self-indulgent nature seems indisputable. Thomas Hobbes was correct in saying that self-interest is man’s true nature. He
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For example, in society today, many secondary students are feeling pressured by the competition for acceptance into universities and colleges. As a result, they are doing as much as they can to better their chances at getting accepted into university or college. Some students are running charitable drives to enhance the quality of their applications. Others are volunteering so they can complete their community service hours. Although these students are helping others, their intentions are inspired by their own desires to get accepted into a post-secondary institution. Speaking of education, the renowned Chinese philosopher, Mengzi, once said that “evil exists because some people do not cultivate their inner goodness through proper education.”(Gini- Newman et al. 32) The truth in this statement can easily be argued due to the fact that people have been taught how to become “good” individuals for centuries. Parents teach their children how to share and be respectful of others, secondary schools administer Character Education programs, yet people continue to do evil. Siddhartha Guatama, founder of Buddhism, believed that the self did not exist and should therefore not be questioned. However, much of man’s creativity is inspired by his questionings of self. Inventions, such as the telephone, are designer to make life easier for the individual. If man