Evil is All Around Us Are humans inheritently evil?

Imagine you are now living within a society that no longer has any set rules. Acts once thought of as illegal and inhumane, free range. Kids killing kids, men raping women, and humans doing the once thought to be unthinkable; a modern day purge. Would you be able to suppress the urge to commit crimes, or would you give into the temptation? What keeps you from doing those previously thought to be bad things? In a society without rules we would have nothing but chaos, people not knowing how to function in this new found world. From the moment we are born we are taught what is good and bad from a fixed perspective. There is true evil in this world. There is a drive within every person that can make them do bad things, but we have the power to supress those evil urges. There is a social construct stating what's good and bad within our society, and we are taught to follow the good. Humans are inheritently evil and are taught at an early age to supress the evil within themselves and to do good. ( complexity )

The Stanford Prison Experiment

In August, 1971, Professor Phillip Zimbardo along with his research group conducted a psychological experiment investigating the effects of perceived power on the psyche. This experiment would later be abandoned after only six days out of the two week experiment. The main goal of this experiment was to test the extent people will go in a place of power. 12 of the 24 participants were assigned a prisoner role, while the other half took the part of guards. Instructions for the guards were to not physically harm the prisoners or withhold food or drink, but these rules would later come to be broken. The experiment began with a realistic arrest of the prisoners, setting the seriousness of the experiment.

The Holocaust

From 1933 to 1945 a systematic and state sponsored persecution occurred, killing more than 6 million Jewish people by the nazi regime. The nazi regime consisted of people of all backgrounds. Lead by Adolf Hitler, Germany underwent a totalitarian movement that would change our world forever.

Infamous Serial Killers

According to the CDC, there are around 16,238 murders per year in the United States; this averages out to around 44 murders per day. When you think of serial killer, what does your mind go to? Do you think of a completely unstable person yelling and screaming? Do you think of a someone who's mentally deranged, foaming from their mouth and unable to get a coherent sentence out? Could you imagine someone with a picture perfect life, more "normal" than an average person; a family friend? Just as Ted Bundy said in the quote below, serial killers are everywhere, even in the most common of places.

“We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow” - Ted Bundy

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer also known as the Milwaukee cannibal, was an American serial killer who dismembered, raped and murdered seventeen men. Most of these crimes consisted of preservation of body parts, nechrophilia and cannibalism. Despite these gruesome crimes, Dahmer has claimed to have lived a normal childhood. “When I was a little kid, I was just like anybody else.” - Jeffrey Dahmer. What influenced Dahmer to eWhen you think of serial killer, what does your mind go to? Do you think of a completely unstable person yelling and screaming? Do you think of a someone who's mentally deranged, foaming from their mouth and unable to get a coherent sentence out? Could you imagine someone with a picture perfect life, more "normal" than an average person? Just as Ted Bundy said in the quote above, serial killers are everywhere, even in the most common of places enjoy such ghastly crimes? According to Dahmers parents, Jeffery was fascinated with dead animals. This all began when Jeffrey's father was removing an animal from under the house and Dahmer became oddly thrilled by the sound the bones made when rattling together. From that moment on Dahmer was fixated on animal bones and began collecting and keeping them in his room.

When I was a little girl I would sit, afraid of all the evil people in this world, never hesitating to say that I was one of the few good. But now if you were to ask me if I was one of the good, I would have to

Along with an undeniable fact that humans are capable of great love and nurture, we also have an unspeakable history or violence, rape, and brutality despite our marvelous accomplishments as the human race.

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