A philosophy question: For thousands of years, philosophers had debated whether human nature is inherently good or evil. The Chinese Legalists thought that human nature is inherently evil and harsh laws are needed so that humans become good. However, French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau believed that human nature is inherently good. As one can see, there are different viewpoints on human nature; the first cynical, the second optimistic. To not bring the religious side of this topic (e.g. original sin), is human nature inherently good or evil?