April 12, 2017

3. Are humans inherently good or evil? Does it even matter?

Let’s start with philosophy. There’s a reason we call Bill Nye the “science guy” and not the “philosophy guy.”  

  • What is philosophy?
  • What’s the difference between morals and ethics?
  • Why is it important?

Some core things to think about are how our ideas about the world shape the way we interact with it. In that story about my Dad’s crazy ex-girlfriend, I had to seriously examine my ideas about humanity. I knew that how I chose to handle that situation would define the kind of person I was going to be. What we think and how we act, ultimately becomes who we are.

The other big idea I hope you take away from this episode is that human beings all have the capacity for both good and evil. It is the philosophies we embrace and how we respond to our circumstances that define what kind of person we become. We don’t always get to choose the hand we were dealt, but we do get to choose how we play those cards. I didn’t get a chance to put this in the podcast, but I wanted to leave you with the parable of two wolves:

A father and son are talking about life. The father tells his son that within each one of us a battle between two wolves. One wolf represents all that is honest, genuine, loving and humane about ourselves, while the other wolf represents all that is selfish, spiteful, mean and wicked within us. Everyday they fight and battle one another.

The son asks his father, “Which one will win?”

To which the father replies, “The one you feed.”


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