“And who makes the circumstances but man himself?
The world is not inevitably good or bad but to the extent that we make it so.”
~ John Stuart Mill, philosopher ~
In solving this chicken and egg question, man can no longer shift the blame onto others when something goes wrong. But it brings out two plausible polemic viewpoints, as follows:
Positive: As long as mankind permits and is willing to, the world can indeed become a better place.
Negative: But what about those who are born bad? The assumption here of course, is that man isn’t born with a blank slate, because he has genes inherited from his predecessors; even if a baby has the luck to start life with a blank slate, a safe and optimistic nurturing process cannot be guaranteed.
So is the world in a good or bad state now? Because knowing the answer to this question allows us to know whether there are more good or bad guys around us.