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People are good at Heart
Anne Frank writes in her diary that there is something good in every person. People,
however, are in no capacity to know their ability to be good- how much they can love or how
much they can accomplish, or the potential that lies within them. We see that in spite of
everything that happens to them, she still believes that people are good at heart. She and others
are under oppression by Nazi forces as she writes this. The atrocities that are being done by the
Nazis are horrendous, and one must think that she must be a nice person to say anything positive
about them. A careful examination of her situation and human relationships, however, makes one
readily accept her quote as true (Frank 244).
Love is closer to the human heart than hatred and people love more naturally than they
hate. People will have a very cordial relationship with strangers whom they rarely know. This is
because by now they have no hate impetus and therefore interact well. This is because unlike
love which comes naturally, hate and undesirable characteristics have to be instilled. Even then,
the people who hate still have an inherent love for others. This love is evident when they feel
accepted and loved, for then they reciprocate it. Hatred breeds hatred and anyone who wants to
be loved should love first. It is however not given that people will return the love of others, and
this is partly because we are differently situated. Situations affect the behavior of people so that
though we are naturally inclined to love, the things we go through or the attitude of others may
make us act differently (Waugh 1).
The natural goodness that one has may not be visible to the naked eye, but a deeper look
inside will reveal it. Hatred may inhabit a naturally lovable person through training and
radicalization, besides the usual attitudinal aspects and situations. Training and radicalization
make one act out the trainingbecause it is some brainwash, so they do not even know what they
are doing. They act out of duty, but have a good human nature deep within them. The effects of
training and radicalization can only be removed via de-training or de-radicalization which
happens when the people are in their conscious states and acting independently (Dittmann 68).
Judging others makes them lose their self-confidence and the trust they may have had
about others. This mistrust leads to insecurity and defensive attitudes which ultimately result in
undesirable characteristics in the individual. They may become violent and withdrawn. This
situation is not natural but artificial, since in the absence of the causalcondition, then the subject
will be a lovely person. Openness and forgiveness to those facing various challenges, in need or
under pressure helps heal wounds of hatred, and repairs the damage others may have afflicted on
the concerned individual (Zalman 1).
It is also important that we struggle to be kind and helpful to others since that way we
will be creating a happier society by the law of reciprocity. People may be hurt by rudeness or
nasty comments. It is critical that we all try to maintain the goodness in society by keeping guard
of our words and actions so as not to annoy others and, therefore, evoke their anger which breeds
hatred. It is also good to keep a positive attitude in life just like Anne does, as one discovers
while going through the diary. Despite the situations she was going through, she maintains her
optimism. (Dittmann 68).
Nevertheless, people will not love us everywhere we go at first sight. Trying to strike up
a pleasant little conversion might however just work wonders. Learning to love and help others
unconditionally might just be what we need for a relatively ‘good’ society.
Dittmann, Melissa. "What makes good people do bad things?" American Psychological
Association (2004): 68.
Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl. New York: Bantam Doubleday Publishing Group, Inc.,
Waugh, Rob. Born to be mild? 'Niceness gene makes some people kinder- and those who lack it
are tight-fisted, selfish and cruel. 12 April 2012. 31 January 2016
Zalman, Jonathan. "At Trial of Former Nazi, a Tough Embrace." 27 April 2015. Tablet. 31
January 2016 <http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/190564/at-trial-of-former-nazi-a-tough-