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Human beings are born without a moral compass

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For centuries, great thinkers and philosophers like John Locke and scientist Stephen Pinker have debated whether or not humans are born with innate traits like morality and empathy. A sense of right and wrong. There has been much debate among philosophers on the topic. Can anyone really know for sure? Some subscribe to the theory of tabula rasa, which explains that infants are blank slates waiting to be written on by what parents, society, and experiences teach them. While others subscribe to the belief that evolutionary adaptations help shape our brains, providing us with the biological and psychological traits for getting along with others. In other words, we are born knowing right from wrong. No one needs to teach us. Teaching us is really only reinforcing what we already know. Most philosophers and psychologists have long believed that babies are born “blank slates,” and that it is the role of parents and society to teach babies the difference between good and bad, right or wrong. But a growing number of researchers now believe differently. They believe babies are in fact born with an innate sense of morality, and while parents and society can help develop a belief system in babies, they don’t create one.https://thecreative.cafe/are-human-beings-born-with-a-moral-compass-a44748c779c7
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It is one of life's biggest questions: Are we born knowing the difference between good and evil? Or are we taught our moral beliefs by parents and society?
Philosophers and psychologists have long believed that babies are born"blank slates," and that it is the role of parents and society to teach babies the difference between right and wrong; good and bad; mean and nice.
But a growing number of researchers now believe differently. They believe babies are in fact born with an innate sense of morality, and while parents and society can help develop a belief system in babies, they don't create one. A team of researchers at Yale University's Infant Cognition Center, known as The Baby Lab, showed us just how they came to that conclusion.
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Do you believe humans are born with a moral compass or is it learned/developed with age?
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We are by nature indifferent, even hostile to strangers; we are prone towards parochialism and bigotry. Some of our instinctive emotional responses, most notably disgust, spur us to do terrible things, including acts of genocide and the role of parents and society is to overcome these limitations and further develop the innate moral beliefs that already exist in those baby minds.
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Yes we are! Ever notice a baby take a reverent pause when they can tell they've hurt a living being? It's a basic moral compass that keeps us from killing each other. Thank you, evolution!
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In order to conceptualize the concepts of right and wrong, you’d have to be aware of the consequences of your actions and have a capacity for empathy. You’d have to be aware that some actions lead to things that cause harm, pain and suffering another other actions lead to health, happiness and well-being.
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Based on my own experience and the research that I have read about I do think that we are born with empathy. That is, we are born with a very basic understanding of other people’s emotions. However, saying that we are born with empathy is not that same as saying that we are born with a sense of right and wrong, and honestly I’m not sure if we are.
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The underlying question here is what is morality? Not all questions that some of us regard as moral are considered to be moral questions by all other humans.
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We are born with morality. Majority of people are born with good behavior, habit, personality and character. A number of people are born with bad behavior, habit, personality and character. But it does not mean they cannot be changes in their present lifetimes.
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One's environment, upbringing can change a person to good from bad and also to bad from good.
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Even children under 2 years old can tell, to an extent, what is good and bad, and often act in an altruistic fashion
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This question can never be answered definitively because we don't have a population of humans who are not born and raised in some kind of society.
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I strongly believe that before all learning, an infant’s mind has a sense of right and wrong.
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Human beings are not blank slate at birth. According to philosophy of Theravada Buddhism, some people are born good regardless of their good or bad environment or good or bad behaviors of their parents. Some people are born bad regardless of their good or bad environment or good or bad behaviors of their parents, too.
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I strongly believe that before all learning, an infant’s mind has a sense of right and wrong.
Evidence that moral emotions are deeply entrenched in human nature may be found in a series of experiments with babies, brilliantly synthesized in the book Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil (Crown, 2013) by Yale University psychologist Paul Bloom
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