Are Humans Innately Evil?

A religion-inspired reflection on societal systems, humanity and purpose.

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Legalism — an early form of Daoism focused on the evil of humanity — managed to unify China after the Warring States in the third century, using punishment and strict laws to keep people in check out of fear. Having reflected on the selfishness of men during the Warring States period, the legalism philosophers had observed that people’s nature…