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I just read a blog quote stating that "human beings are wretchedly flawed."

My opinion is that this is overly harsh and possibly a gross oversimplification.

What is the objectivist view on this?

asked Nov 25 '13 at 13:27

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edited Nov 25 '13 at 19:07

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Hi, Louise. Thank you very much for your questions! A minor nit: you frequently use a discussion topic or category for your titles rather than the "short, essentialized, one-sentence version of your question" which the site asks for. I've fixed your posting here as well, but I would really appreciate it if you would save me the need to do so in the future (and the bonus is that there will be less chance that I will inadvertently change your intent :^). Thanks!

(Nov 25 '13 at 19:06) Greg Perkins ♦♦ Greg%20Perkins's gravatar image

Speaking morally (which is what this is typically about), the Objectivist position is that people are neither inherently good nor inherently bad because we have the power of volition.

Volition is what gives rise to the need for morality and moral judgment in the first place -- we have the capacity to choose to do what we should, or not, and that is precisely why man is a "being of self-made soul". We don't start out good or bad; in cultivating our moral characters, we make ourselves good or bad.

answered Nov 25 '13 at 19:22

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