Aristoki, Katrish C. 2CA1 February 5, 2014
“A self-destructive man feels completely alienated, utterly alone... What he fails to realize is that society has, just as he does, a vested interest in considerable losses and catastrophes.”
The origin about the nature of man varies as a new philosophy is introduced. This is a line presented in the movie “Waking Life” where it tackles different philosophy against aging, dreaming and reality. These lines argue about the man’s desire to be evil which is parallel to the beliefs of an important Confucian writer named Hzun Tsu. He firmly believes that profit, envy, hatred and desire are all innate in our beings and the path that follows our own nature will only lead to evil. Just like how the man who is holding the gasoline explains with the main character in the movie, we all have this desire or passion to commit evil just as the society has. He even explains this through how the media functions not to eliminate evil but instigate we must accept in living with these evil. If Hzun Tzu is still alive and this character from the movie is real, I think they are affected with the “Mean World Syndrome”. It’s a principle in media where it characterized that the sustenance ability of the world is completely fallible just how it was always presented in news. My opinion completely disagrees with them because this some kind of alienation is a mere explanation of the effect of desire and fear in us. We have this kind of option to have the perspective that we shall not give in to these desires not just because it is our nature but because we must see the bigger picture that goodness and hope is more dominant to our sense of being.