Essay Is Hsun Tzu 's Human Nature Is Inherently Good And Evil

1825 Words Sep 30th, 2016 8 Pages
One can argue that man’s human nature is both inherently good and evil, but it is through the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden that each generation born after them was no longer born without shame, which Hsun Tzu does a great job of showing how man’s nature is inherently evil. Hsun Tzu was a Chinese scholar who followed the Confucian belief who lived from 300-230 BCE. He wrote this piece of literature explaining how man is not born with an innocent or pure nature, meaning that in the eyes of God when we are born we are born sinful. If this was not the case, and Mencius was correct about humans being pure in nature then no one would have the urge to murder, steal or anything that we consider to be sinful today. However, this is not the case due to people doing these things every day. This is an important thing to understand because people think that they are good enough people and all they need to do is good works to be able to enter into the kingdom of God, the issue is that this is a wrong way of thinking and it is because of our sin that keeps us from God until we surrender it all to him. The way that Hsun Tzu brings this to light is through the use of Logos, Pathos and Ethos. Therefore, it is mainly through the use of logos as well as both pathos and ethos that Hsun Tzu creates a well formed case for argument of man’s nature and whether it is inherently good or evil. It is through the use of Logos that Hsun Tzu identifies and brings to light the logical…

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