Are people born evil or is it learnt (sort of) behaviour?
Me - Kristi, 29
DD - Leia, July 5 2008
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I think this is going to turn religious quickly, but we'll see.
I think some people are born psychopathic. I think some people have chemical imbalances that make them "evil". And I think with enough abuse, someone can be turned what I guess I would call "evil". So it's both.
Laurie, mom to:
Nathaniel ( 10 ) and Juliet ( 6 )
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I think it is easier to help us understand why people do things that are unthinkable by calling them evil and blaming some force like the Devil.
I think that personality is like everything else, a mixture of nurture and nature. I think that people seem to be born with certain tendencies or propensity towards being a certain way, but how it all turns out still has an element of "environment" in it too.
I'm actually interested to know how people define "evil" anyway. All I can think is "E-veeel. Like the fru-its of the dev-eel." I don't believe in the devil (dev-eel?) so I don't believe in this sort of supernatural concept of evil. I do believe that some people are seriously whack though. So if you want to call "seriously whack" "evil" then I do believe in that.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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I believe in evil for the same reason I believe in the diffenent ends of a magnetic pole. I have a belief that everything has a opposite. (For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, ying & yang, etc). So if I believe in good, I believe in evil.
For me evil is hard to define. It's not just about breaking laws, but something on a deeper level, I guess. Someone can break laws and not be evil. And someone can be evil but not break laws. I dunno...I don't like the word much. It doesn't really differentiate much between things like psychopathic behaviour that is due to a chemical imbalance or just being a plain mean or hateful person.
Nature and nurture. I feel like everyone has "evil cells" within them, that are dormant, and the type of nurture (or lack thereof) can activate the "evil cells."