Day 209 Question 209:
Are some people just innately bad/evil?
I always wonder how genetics and our human wiring really works. I question everything…even science sometimes….strictly because we always see constant changes. What is healthy for us one day can kill us the next. The human body is such a mystery and I wonder if there are people that are born to be bad and to do “evil” things. I have a sister that is not related to me by blood and it may not be a nice thing to say but I believe she was innately wired to be bad. From as young as I can remember, this was a girl that found pleasure in harming people with her words and her actions. That was NEVER taught to her….at least not by anyone in my family. It is that continual debate over nature vs. nurture. If we were to find out 100% that our genetics are who we are completely and our actions are due to these genetics would we kill of the people that we knew were innately bad? Would that make us any better for doing so? We see so much on the news about serial killers and mass murders and I wonder if some of these people were destined to do bad things.
I guess this topic stems from the previous topic of whether we were born with positive self-esteem and it just deteriorates over time or whether we have to develop it over time. There are so many questions that cannot be answered and I find it fascinating but also kind of scary. Being a person that is unsure of truth in anything can sometimes be unsettling. Honestly, a lot stems to my questioning of creation and evolution. I love the idea of God and the formation of mankind but I know I will never have a solid belief….I never have a solid belief in anything…unless it is something I have experienced first-hand. If God did/does exist what would his purpose be of creating evil people?? Is it strictly to challenge us as a human race? Is it so we are able to understand goodness more? We need polar opposites in order to understand…i.e. love/hate, good/bad, rich/poor. Without one we would not be able to truly understand the other…would we? So if we were to find out that some people are born innately bad/evil, what is the solution? Is it something we could find out about them at an early age? If so, what do we do then? If not, do we just wait to see what people do? I find this topic so interesting because a part of me believes that some people are just wired to do bad things. I believe EVERYONE has goodness in them but some people are wired so that the bad outweighs to the good…as naïve and silly as that may sound to some people.
I have always been a big supporter of the Nurture Theory….our environments determine who we are…but I also believe our genetics play a huge part. I say this from personal experience in my very own family. When I read about serial killers and murderers that feel no remorse and actually find pleasuring in harming, torturing and murdering people, I can’t help but think that their internal wiring is off balance. It seems so unnatural (to me) to find pleasure in another person’s pain….but some people may not feel that same way….the opposite may be natural to them.
Yes, this is the stuff I think about A LOT! I live only with this body and this soul so I am also so curious how other people function…what they think and what they feel. I do not condone the actions of murderers but I always want to know what is going on inside of them internally. Does it feel natural and right for them to harm others??? Twisted as it seems, I believe that is a real possibility for some.