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Are we born evil?

  1. ananceleste profile image59
    anancelesteposted 5 years ago

    Are we born evil?

    Are we instinctively evil and selfish? Is it simply the product of conditioning? Or being evil a biological pathology that can be fixed and measured?

  2. profile image0
    AntonOfTheNorthposted 5 years ago

    Shakespeare quote: 

    "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so"

    I don't believe anyone is inherently evil any more or less than we are inherently good.  I believe the more choices that we make that cause harm, the more we will be identified with the concept of evil.

    The doctor's credo is a good one.  'first, do no harm'.


  3. dghbrh profile image75
    dghbrhposted 5 years ago

    I believe evil or good one is not. This is a relative term. What is good for one may be evil for another. Its a pure judgement of  mind of the concerned person about another.
    Nobody according to me in instinctively evil or selfish. Some times people has to take a selfish decision even in order to do good to someone and may not disclose the fact against own heart. But same act will be selfish without knowing the true intention by another. This all are very relative and person centric.
    Its is simply a conditioning of the brain and mind of the person who is asking for the view.
    Being evil when i do not believe then there is no question of measuring it in the biological context.
    Good question.

  4. blake4d profile image61
    blake4dposted 5 years ago

    No we are born with the potentials for good evil or neither one. If you believe in freewill as a human character trait. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

  5. kess profile image61
    kessposted 5 years ago

    All is born for and unto the Good....
    what you observe is the failure of understanding this...

    ...this is the beginning and end of anything considered evil

  6. shivanchirakkal10 profile image55
    shivanchirakkal10posted 5 years ago

    We born as a innocent  infant who have a small heart which tempt to get love and heat from the dear and near. Slowly while growing the dear and near people teach him how to express love and hate. Teach him how to accumulate wealth or such thing.Teach him how to cheat others, how to attack others. He start to learn more from the society. It is almost true that in the inner heart ever one have another face. A cruel one have a soft part, that is why even a criminal  some times extend hand to save some one. The other hand, a person of good behavior do big crime. There are lot of  examples for  this two character. We proud that we are most civilized.Are we? I don't think so. The happenings in and around, in national, in global, force me to think so. Evil things get strengthening. In your picture you shown a women of half side beauty and half side evil. It is the true picture answering your question.

  7. Claire Evans profile image71
    Claire Evansposted 5 years ago

    We are born both with the potential to do both good and evil in our DNA.  It depends how one is nurtured in life that makes us either bringing out the good more or the bad more.

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    Garifaliaposted 5 years ago

    It's a combination of nature and nurture. We are born with both good and evil; how each one develops depends on a combination of factors. … me-killers

  9. Virtuous1 profile image59
    Virtuous1posted 5 years ago

    I don't believe a person is born evil but they are born into sin..And sin can make a person do evil things

  10. Cara.R profile image81
    Cara.Rposted 5 years ago

    I suppose we all generally have a basic definition of what evil is. I think that it is probable, to have a biological pathology. I think some people, when hearing the word evil, can go two ways. Religious beliefs or science. If half the population was clearly defined as evil, I think it would be very noticeable. As far as my definition of evil goes, there are more "good' people" in the world, not perfect, but definitely not evil. So, I would have to say that there is some "hard wiring" in the brain that has gone wrong. Is it possible to have a child, cared for and nurtured to avoid becoming "evil" ? It is possible but an illness of the brain is still an illness.

  11. edhan profile image60
    edhanposted 5 years ago

    Between good and evil is like the decision we need to face when comes to a fork road. Either we take the right side or left side of the road. The decision we take will have a different set of lives ahead of us.

    We are exposed to evil side of ourselves due to jealousy and anger. But we can control ourselves when we fill with love. I believe love overcome all obstacles and we can be good over evil. It is our will power of love that can help us as not to step over to evil side.

  12. crazymom3 profile image75
    crazymom3posted 5 years ago

    TThis ties to another answer I just wrote about condemnation.  There are some people who do very horrible things to others, with no apparent reason: torture, mass killings, people who kill their own children, cannabalism etc.  so when I can't understand why, or how anyone can do such horrible things I decide they must be evil, but where they born that way? sometimes I know of people who you try to help do the right thing, choose the right path and no matter how you love them they continue to self destroy this makes me feel that there is something broken in them-an inability to register bad behavior, control it and change, and so maybe they were born broken or evil.  My experience has been that some people are obcessed with learning about the devil, what he does or how, but talk to them about God and they don't want to hear it-It's too boring or maybe some spirits are just born rebellious and evil.