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To end the upset on earth it is this paradox of being good when we have appeared to be bad which has had to be explained it is explanation that has always been needed on earth only explanation could stop the upsetting criticism could mediate the situation could pacify our conscience. The human condition first published in 1958 is hannah arendts account of how human activities should be and have been understood throughout western history arendt is interested in the vita activa active life as contrasted with the vita contemplativa contemplative life and concerned that the debate over the relative status of the two has blinded us to important insights about the vita . The human condition is a philosophy that is determined to understand what it means to be human and why humans are the way they are so many elements of the human condition describe us as being inherently evil however the true question is are we inherently evil or do we just choose to make evil choices as an instinct to save ourselves