RM are people inherently good or inherently bad or inherently something else. What do you think?
Both of you guys appear to be realist in political spectrum. People are inherently constructive. Destructive behaviors are really for subject's belief of constructiveness as a whole. Second, self-ish or self-interest, in effect, is often constructive. Actually its the other way around - often times people know constructiveness is better way to serve their self-interest. So I would argue, all humans are inherently constructive to their surroundings for self-interest. I feel stealing is fine, as long as the one who steals can yield more values than who it was stolen from, and with it, give more than the stolen value back to whom it was stolen from. Often times the problem is that the government does not yield better than the market with the stolen money, so its safer bet not to steal.
In retrospect I probably should have worded my question differently. More like “Are people inherently constructive or destructive?”.
Good and bad are fairly subjective terms. At their literal meanings, bad is anything undesirable and good is anything desirable. Philosophy and religion tend to give objective definitions to 'good and bad’ however the definition of 'good and bad’ changes with the culture.
I would say humans are inherently selfish, which is, in effect, destructive. Anything constructive will benefit others.
Humans are inherently bad in my opinion, that's why it's so important for us to form strong bonds with family members, friends and our community, because they keep us accountable. In the absence of order, humans devolve into chaos and violence, and while we need to teach children things like sharing and hard work, we definitely don't need to teach them to steal and lie.