Yes you would, I guarantee you. And so would I. Sure, some of you are outliers, but the bell curve cannot tell a lie. We are all human, and there are some (many) human “traits, propensities, behaviours” that we all share. And given the appropriate opportunity, training, indoctrination, or circumstance, we can be read like an open book.
Nothing like a good cartoon to depict the real degenerate uman animal that we are!
As always, thank you for your work -- and for writing this article. One of the biggest lies we may tell ourselves through a sense of righteousness and elevated ego is thinking, “I would never be like them.” Knowing thyself and the human tendency toward justified violence is a stepping stone to higher consciousness, an attempt to steer economic, social and technological progress in harmony with nature and fellow mankind.
What a wonderfully insightful piece ! It will take me a number of reads to absorb this meaningfully , it will surely be one that I maintain in my library !
Maybe the psychological "fine line" between good and evil is the reason God exists. There is choice. Just a thought.
In terms of "nature vs. nurture," I believe there is tremendous overlap. Bruce Lipton's book, "The Biology of Belief" suggests that our beliefs can literally change our very DNA. I definitely believe it's true.
Not sure if this fits here, exactly, but I've personally practised EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to address physiological ailments. It's astounding how quickly pain and stress can be relieved using the technique. Based on this, I tend to believe that nature and nurturing are almost inseparable.
Evil is relative to the state of society.
Remember, we are no longer in "good times".
That was they playground of the boomers.
Good times create weak men
Weak men create bad times
Bad times create good men
Good men create good times.
Bullshit. Absolutely nothing forces the likes of gates, schawb, soros, any rotschild and the like to do what they are doing. And there is no circumstance in their life that makes them predilect to commit the crimes they are committing. Everyone of those motherfuckers has enough money to get out of the system and live a peaceful and happy life if they wish so. They don't. They are evil to the core. Abnormal. Psychopaths.
If we take Schindler's story to be true, he had a choice as well. An easy one. Play along. Or do what he did. Which was the hard choice. He had the same exact circumstances as plenty of others during those times, to benefit himself by doing evil. He went a different way. There are plenty of people that choose properly and are not committing evil either because they say no or they have the foresight not to put themselves in such positions, where committing evil would benefit them and it would be an easy thing to do.
There but for the grace of God go I.
We all need radical humility.
Thank you for expanding on this subject, especially after RFKjr’s Peace Speech last brought up the folly of the constant U.S. narratives of “bad man” and “everyone we don’t like is a dictator “ , so we must wage war against all these other countries.
Nice post. Solzhenitsyn commented in the same vein in Gulag Archipelago: “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? During the life of any heart this line keeps changing place; sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish. One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being. At times he is close to being a devil, at times to sainthood. But his name doesn’t change, and to that name we ascribe the whole lot, good and evil.”
Glad to see you address the fact that evil comes from inside each of us. No need to look for a supernatural being. We are capable of every evil deed.
For some people, evil thoughts never escape the subconscious-no troubling dreams or daydreams; for most of us, the evil thoughts we allow to surface stay there as a constant reminder of where we never want to go.
I see most of the evil that is perpetrated upon others as a result of nurture, or lack thereof. Children have to be taught to recognize suffering in others. Children and adults who never “see” suffering, whether at their hands or the hands of others, will not adjust their behavior to avoid causing suffering. And once you get to the point of profiting (emotionally, socially, financially) from not noticing the negative impact your behavior is having on others, there will be no reason to begin paying attention.
There is a place inside each person that must be trained to see the results of their behavior, and to adjust their behavior to avoid causing harm. In today’s society, who trains the children?
The event that lasted since 2020 until 2023 taught us a lesson. The evil landed here into our realm. It showed us where it came from and how it operates.
Today, we (those who dare to question) know that evil is within us and the most of people don't see it.
Only being aware of the evil we can keep it at bay. Unfortunately, most of humanity won't see it as the pride (not the alphabet people's pride, that's a different story) makes them to rationalise and accept the evil.
Right on the mark!
Everyone has a tipping point under the right "or wrong" circumstances.
I remember my parents going to see that movie, "The Bad Seed" and they had my grandmother come and babysit us. It was then considered something no child should see. Now days it would be, "oh hum" compared to what children can have access to.
Get a little sex, alcohol or peer pressure involved makes a lot of the mess across the world. I told a DEA friend that hidden in many people's past was something that under the right circumstances would have sent them to prison. He said not him.
I asked him if he had ever driven intoxicated and he said yes and realized I was right.
They train soldiers to kill someone they never met and I have friends that said they would do the same to certain people in the world limelight. That is why those people are surrounded by bodyguards.
ANYBODY is capable!
Good one Todd. One of my fave books is The Secret of the Shadow. What we don't own owns us! It is always the Shadow that gets me into trouble. But there are far too many who are so unconscious and not doing their psychological and spiritual work while here on earth. Young souls I'd imagine. But the evil could not happen globally without the unconscious masses. Lack of stillness and lack of introspection, going inside, has created the perfect soil for the planting of these seeds. Love ya Todd for always waking up the morning juices!!!
I remember reading Shadow Dance by David Richo and being shocked at the realization that I wasn't the well rounded, great person I thought I was. However, I was willing to accept this new information and hold it in my conscious awareness. I did not, as the Bible warns, 'look in the mirror and walk away, immediately forgetting what I looked like." We are all flawed, but the ones who acknowledge this are more psychologically healthy than those who never look within the deep recesses of their mind and soul.
"But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being." - Solzhenitsyn