Mencius's Argument Essay: The Beauty Of The Beast

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The Beauty of the Beast Human race is on top of the totem pole throughout the history of mankind. Many people have wondered what it is that makes us who we are. Over the years, many brilliant philosophers argued the concept of human nature, but the story of human nature are sunk deep in history. Scholars came up with various answers and interpretations that may be vague or obscure regarding human nature, yet Nature’s single law is to keep balance in life between good and evil. Our society shared with values that affects human nature’s morality, and that is because of our ability to process through our mental state. Mencius believed that there are four incipient moral tendencies in the heart. These he calls, “the heart of pity and compassion, …show more content…
It might be difficult to see, but human’s sense of fairness is something fundamental as a product of nurture. Human beings are nurtured buy their family traits and social norms through intellectual, cultural, and spiritual beliefs. Mencius said that, “Every child knows enough to love his parents, and when he is grown up he knows enough to respect his elder brothers. The love for one’s parent is really humanity and the respect for one’s elders is really righteousness—all that is necessary is to have these natural feelings applied to all men” (“Assets.aspeninstitute.org”). For example, the Mikaelson siblings became vampires through the immortality spell that was done by their mother in the tenth century to protect their family. Viewers of this T.V series finds Nicklaus Mikaelson as murderous original hybrid, but there is a story behind his acts that made him the protagonist of all the wrong doings in their city. Before Nicklaus was born, his mother, Esther, had an affair with another man and eventually got pregnant. She kept her secret from her husband and pretended that she got pregnant with their fourth child. Nicklaus grew up as remarkably obedient and compliance to everyone, until Mikael (Esther’s husband) found out about Esther’s betrayal to their marriage. From then, Nicklaus became a target of Mikael’s rage and started having an abusive childhood ("The CW Press | The …show more content…
Our family plays an important role on our up-bringing because they help us shape our individual characteristic as human beings. Mencius said: “Man’s innate ability is the ability possessed by him that is not acquired through learning. Man’s innate knowledge is the knowledge possessed by him that is not the result of reflective thinking” (“Assets.aspeninstitute.org”). It is a human nature to have a gut feeling. Human species have the ability to learn and process information using logic and emotions. Our inner intuition may not guarantee us a hundred percent, but it sure would help if we based it to our knowledge and experience. “man is born inherently good, but it is society that corrupts him” (“Jean-Jacques Rousseau 322”). Human being is accustomed to the things that we do in the course of growing up. We mostly adapt things from our surroundings than our genetics. Genetics may be an important role of our lives, but each of us have its own way of learning and expressing one’s self. Take Nicklaus Mikaelson for example. He was born with good traits until his step-father physically and mentally abused him. This type of environment of being abused every day is somewhat influenced him from being a sweet and loving child to a child with a raging temper and anger towards his step-father and the people around him. He sees love as a weakness, but he will do anything to protect his

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