The most beautiful as well as the most ugly inclinations of man are not part of a fixed biologically given human nature, but result from the social process which creates man.
~~ Erich Fromm
I'm a person that believes that, inherently, all people are good. Bad things happen to good people. Good people sometimes do bad things. But, all people are good. Here is the basis for that belief:
Instincts alone cause a bird to fly south for the winter, hunt for food and reproduce. It's the same year after year, generation after generation with very little variation. The bird as a species adapts to environmental changes, or it dies off. The same can be said about every living thing - except man.
In it, but not of it...
Mammal, fowl, reptile, plant, even bacteria all live in complete harmony with the planet Earth. Each species depends on other species and all depend on the Earth for life. As if by accident, man appears on Earth - he is in it, but not of it. If one or a thousand other species die out, it has no effect on man's ability to continue on. But, what man as a species can do and has done has a large impact on all other life. Ignorance or irresponsibility, the result is the same.
Humans lack the relative instinctual regulation to adapt to changes in his environment. What developed instead is awareness. Man is aware of himself as an individual as well as a species. He can remember the past, imagine the future, and record both as symbols. He can reason, understand; he can be bored and discontent. Most of all, he can create. He knows that he will die. He can live because he knows there is unlimited potential in every moment - meaning.
A part of the human species, he is apart. This is frightening, this aloneness, so he seeks to add his individuality to the community, fulfilling his need to belong, to be accepted. The strength of the species lies in each individual, though this truth eludes those who find it easier to believe in a power that transcends him rather than believe in himself. It is each individual's responsibility to realize that he alone can productively create a meaningful life.
The strength, the power of man, is in each individual. Every human is born good, creative, understanding and reasoning. Each human is filled with potential and creativity. It will take each individual to realize this power to correct mankind's "ugly inclinations" and come to realize that the Garden of Eden is right here under his feet: Earth.
It will take courage. It's a daunting task to become responsible, self-realizing, and aware. But, every person is born with potential and creativity; with goodness.
Let it will out.