This essay by Kenisyn Mellema won First Place in the Hare & Bell 2023 Writing Contest.


For as long as we have existed, humanity has repeatedly endeavored to understand and define ourselves. As cultures have aged and grown, humans have both heroically defied expectations and foolishly fallen into endless cycles, leaving those who attempt to determine our nature with a difficult, complicated task. How can a humanity that is naturally good and willing to selflessly pursue justice also perpetuate patterns of great evil? This work explores Hsun Tzu's perspective as captured in his work, 'Man's Nature is Evil.'