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How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 20:35:45 Reply

How many people, do you believe, are truly "good" people at heart, and would behave well even if there's no consequences for not being good?

In simpler terms, let me use an example:

You're in a public place when, unbeknownst to you, your wallet falls out of your pocket, in clear sight of John Doe, who is a random stranger. Do you think most people, in John Doe's place, would return the wallet to you? What percentage of people would not do anything at all? More than that, what's the chance that John would just take the wallet for himself?

Keep in mind that (in this hypothetical situation) there are no rewards for doing the right thing other than the feeling of being a good person.

Do you believe most people are "good" at the heart, Newgrounds?

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i'm good-looking

does that count


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 20:36:56 Reply

Meh. We all have the good and the bad... and the ugly.

But the good these days usually hide the goodness because assholes seem to be the HOT thing.

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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 20:39:49 Reply

Yes, I do. Well, at least most other people I believe always act on good intentions, even if their actions don't correspond (for example, I wouldn't hold it against John Doe if he just held onto the cash because he was poor, and hungry).

However, I'm the sort of person who a century ago would have been a slaver, so either way it's not exactly like I can judge.

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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 20:40:14 Reply

I don't believe its quite as simple as that. These things are not black and white. Everybody is a different shade of gray.

But, to answer your question, I feel most people would keep the wallet, or turn a blind eye. Personally, I'd return it. Just like when I worked fast-food, and I'd run out to customer's cars to return the iPhone they left at their table.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 20:48:31 Reply

I act without malice but I don't believe I'm intrinsically good or evil. The nicest thing I've done this week was put money in an empty parking meter that wasn't mine. Namely because I know how it feels to get a parking ticket and it sucks donkey ass through a straw.

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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 21:02:41 Reply

I'm a good person. I'm just lazy and slightly pervy. That doesn't make me a bad person.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 21:23:19 Reply

To be honest, I don't think many people would return the wallet, mainly because money is a tight subject these days. I really don't have to worry about money since I'm only 15, but I would definitely return the wallet. I would never be able to steal it. If I did, it would haunt me for a long time. I always put myself in the other persons shoes, and I imagine if that wallet was mine, and somebody took it (I've had my money stolen numerous times). I actually had to buy a damn strongbox to keep my money in, because my 22 year old sister steals it...

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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 21:45:28 Reply

I've never met a person (other than Timmy) who is kindhearted. Although I kind of ruined Timmy.

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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 21:53:42 Reply

It depends. It's hard to classify anyone as inherently good or bad, even yourself.

In this scenario I'm not sure what I'd do. I've found a wallet at school before. I returned it to the office, but the first thing I did was check to see how much money was in it. I'm honestly not sure if I would have done the same thing if it had more than a few dollars inside.

I think that it's about 50/50. There's no shortage of people that are out to rip you off and hurt you in varying degrees, but you can't assume anything.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 21:56:17 Reply

At 12/10/12 08:35 PM, T3XT wrote: Do you believe most people are "good" at the heart, Newgrounds?

Honestly, yes. I think the cynics who would disagree have very selective memories, keeping track of all the little slights committed against them but forgetting all the little kindnesses (if they even noticed them happening in the first place).

And it doesn't help that local media only reports on the darkest depths of human behavior when all the good that people do goes ignored because it isn't sensational enough.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 21:59:08 Reply

everyone does good and bad things, mostly towards good because then they get positive results back + morals

nothing complicated about it

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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 22:50:06 Reply

I'm totally naive and believe everyone is good inside. But I'm learning to be less trusting and a little more street smart.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 22:54:04 Reply

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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 22:55:41 Reply

I'm always a good person in real life. When there's something wrong I try every way I can to resolve it. I always feel to do the right thing in situations. If there's a feud I go in Dr. Phil mode and fix the problem.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 23:00:36 Reply

None. People are raised to behave altruistically, which is unnatural. Evil is ingrained in the human core.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 23:04:28 Reply

At 12/10/12 11:00 PM, satanbrain wrote: None. People are raised to behave altruistically, which is unnatural. Evil is ingrained in the human core.

That's one theory.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 23:11:02 Reply

At 12/10/12 11:00 PM, satanbrain wrote: None. People are raised to behave altruistically, which is unnatural.

Humans are social animals and humans are raised to behave altruistically for reasons that are perfectly natural.
Imagine how long a large society would last if there either weren't enough altruists or no one to enforce order.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 23:17:27 Reply

At 12/10/12 11:11 PM, DickChick wrote:
At 12/10/12 11:00 PM, satanbrain wrote: None. People are raised to behave altruistically, which is unnatural.
Humans are social animals and humans are raised to behave altruistically for reasons that are perfectly natural.
Imagine how long a large society would last if there either weren't enough altruists or no one to enforce order.

Those stronger will enforce their will upon others, who will excuse compliance by altruism. Humans are egocentric, your own survival matters more than your neighbor's.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 23:28:46 Reply

At 12/10/12 11:17 PM, satanbrain wrote: Those stronger will enforce their will upon others, who will excuse compliance by altruism.
Humans are egocentric, your own survival matters more than your neighbor's.

It's not completely egocentric in most cases. Even "bad" people have to work with each other, or at the very least comply to orders from a common leader. I'm not arguing that humans are inherently "good". I'm saying that it's in our nature to work together. When it comes down to it, your own survival is more important sometimes but what about the survival of your group? Your family and friends? Soldiers die for each other because it's in their nature to protect their group. Because humans are social animals.

If this wasn't true, then society wouldn't exist in the first place.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 23:36:16 Reply

I would probably give it back but if I was poor and needed the money I would keep it and do the best I can to keep the guilt/empathy out of my thoughts


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-10 23:41:06 Reply

Most people are dicks
i'd say about 1/100 people are actually good, but that might be an over estimate

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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-11 01:00:19 Reply

A lot of people try to be good, and make a valiant effort at it, but at some point everyone breaks.

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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-11 05:09:26 Reply

At 12/10/12 08:35 PM, T3XT wrote: You're in a public place when, unbeknownst to you, your wallet falls out of your pocket, in clear sight of John Doe, who is a random stranger. Do you think most people, in John Doe's place, would return the wallet to you? What percentage of people would not do anything at all? More than that, what's the chance that John would just take the wallet for himself?

This is kind of a poor example. Most people would return the wallet because society has conditioned us to do it; in reality the consequences of guilt are too easy to avoid by just handing the wallet back. It's almost like it's a matter of convenience.

When you ask how many people are 'good' or 'bad', I can confidently say that almost everyone thinks that they're doing the right thing. Almost everyone fits inside of a culture that operates on a moral code, and they behave accordingly. Sociopaths are just about the only exception to this rule, and they only make up 1% of the population.

But when it comes down to people doing immoral things, almost everyone is bad in that they will delude themselves or falsely justify lazy, selfish, or spite-based actions and continue carrying out those acts. Most people like to believe they're good at heart but will default to selfish behavior when a situation is even slightly in the gray area.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-11 06:25:53 Reply

At 12/11/12 05:09 AM, Kwing wrote: Stuff.

This man sure hit the nail right on the head.

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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-11 09:58:42 Reply

At 12/10/12 08:36 PM, Sekhem wrote: i'm good-looking

No you aren't.


does that count

No it doesn't.


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-11 11:05:41 Reply

I would return it.

But I'm not sure if I would lose mine I would keep my hopes up to find it again.

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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-11 11:07:37 Reply

i am a horrible person,you should all know this


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Response to How many people are "good"? 2012-12-11 11:18:04 Reply

I try to be good. I can be snappy (mainly online), but I have never called someone out in public or insulted them or started shit. I'm probably the closest it's going to get next to monks.


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