Are people basically good or bad?

by Dr. Nancy Buck

What do you believe about people? Do you believe people are basically good, kind and loving? Do you believe that people are selfish, just out for what they can get or gain in any situation?

Do you believe people are lazy and trying to do as little as possible and yet receive as much as possible? Do you believe that people are generous and friendly?

There is an old story about a farmer working in his field that is along side a road. A car stops with the driver asking the farmer, “What kind of people live in this town? I’m thinking of moving here and would like to know”

“What kind of people lived in your former town?” the farmer asked.
“They were a really nice bunch. People always willing to offer a helping hand to one another.”
“That’s the same kind of people who live here too,” the farmer tells him
A little while later another driver stops his car along side the farmer asking the same question.
“I’m thinking about moving to this town and would like to know what kind of people live here.”
“What kind of people live in the town where you presently live,” asks the farmer.
“They are just awful. You never met such a stingy, selfish bunch in your life,” the fellow replies.
“That’s the same kind of people who live here too,” the farmer tells him.

Let me ask again; What do you believe about people?

Huh. Isn’t it interesting that what you believe is what you discover about people.

Want to change the kind of people there are in your world? Start believing differently. Get curious instead of judgmental. You just might discover that when you have a change of heart in your belief about people there will be a change in the people that you meet.

1 thought on “Are people basically good or bad?

  1. Your blog reminded me of a neat concept. “Metacognition” or thinking about the way we think. A little more metacognition would go a long way to move us closer to each other.

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