Originally Posted by BRB
Whenever the topic of intelligent life coming into contact with us arises, we often wonder whether or not these potential beings would be benevolent or malevolent in their actions. Which of the two classifications would you currently place the human race under and why?
It really depends on the situation we are in. As Mac pointed out, some disasters can give us all a feeling of standing together and the whole world will agree we need to something to help these people... Like Haiti. But as Khtiraa pointed out, that same disaster can bring up something bad too... see how people start to loot and steal just because there is no working police apparatus at that time.
In times of trouble our feeling of self preservation takes over and it can turn us in egotistical and corrupt beings. People in power always need to keep this famous quote in the back of their minds... for it seems to be true in most cases:
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Though, without people in power the world is in anarchy and people will just do what they think is best for them at that time. Solidary will be a rare thing to see in times like that.
In times of mutual trouble we suddenly can be in harmony but that feeling soon fades away in the aftermath.
Then take our cultural differences, the variation in religious opinions and the wars that originate from it. Since the beginning of modern man, there has been at least one war somewhere on earth. We also have many issues on discrimination. Some countries deny their people their plain human rights. There is way to much poverty even in the rich countries and world hunger should not be an issue at all.
Humans are faithfull to the things they know and tend to distrust that what they do not know and/or understand.
If you ask me we are a malevolent species with benevolent tendencies.