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  • It is possible

    Are people born evil? In my opinion it is quite simple: Yes, it is possible. This question has been going around my mind for some time now, and I 100% disagree with people who says otherwise but I am not saying I won't listen to their argument. When someone commits a crime like robbery, grand theft auto or burglary, they just toss him or her in jail if proved guilty end of story, but if someone commits rape or child abuse/molestation they will eventually try to declare this human being as mentally sick or unstable. Look at it this way there are approximately
    7 billion people in this world, Do you really believe from the heart that all of them are born with good intentions?
    We are not living in a fantasy world here time to open your eyes and realize this fact.

  • Humans born evil

    Obviously, humans born evil. In Les Miserables, Jean Valjean steals the silver of the bishop because of humans' innate desire of possession. But the bishop forgives him, and tells him to use these silver to do something good. As a result, Jean Valjean become a major of a town.
    We are born with myriad desires: survival, possession, dominating other. We become selfish and unscrupulous when we endeavor to satisfy our desires. Fortunately, society will morally and lawfully limit our gigantic desires.

  • Humans searching for the answer to life already know it

    You argue whether humanity is evil or good? What is good? What is evil? You save your mother or child from death and despair by killing another person with a will to kill them...And if that person had lived to become a leader that saves thousands or millions, who did the good or evil? Twins born with the same mother and father same life experiences, yet one becomes a serial killer and the other a religious leader. Not genetics? Some people that believe reincarnation is possible. Child prodigies gifted from what or where? Look into your known history and ask if decisions good or evil impacted humanity for the better or worse. Will your choices matter if the world burned to restart life? Is 'your' God good or evil? Yes, did your God commit genocide? The answer in most will be 'yes'. So if God can, why can't we? That is the fruit of the tree, the knowledge, that we have that ability. Humanity is just a stage in existence, will it be a million years, a thousand or just years till we are wiped out and started with a new...purpose. All the people searching for the meaning of life. We were born with the answer, to just..live.

  • Without being taught good, we all do bad.

    If we don't learn our rights from wrongs, we would all do bad, such as break laws. We are all evil on the inside, even the "good" people. If the government were to crash, we would all go ballistic, and there would be constant war, theft, and death. The youth generation has the elders to look up to, but they aren't all innocent either. Nobody does all good, nobody does all bad, but mostly bad. Scientifically tested, if you take a handful of young children, and raise them without any rules or adult figures, and a handful of young children with rules and adult figures, and let them grow up, put them together, there would be a dramatic difference in behavior.

  • People Can Be Born Evil.

    There are some people that have had a completely normal childhood, but still commit evil acts. Some people may say it's down to the upbringing, but if it was then how come some people commit evil acts, but their sibling, who had exactly the same upbringing, doesn't? I think there is also a certain 'look' about people, although you could say this is being quite narrow minded. If you look at a lot of serial killers and people who have committed loathsome acts, they have a look about them on their face, that just gives the impression they aren't like the rest of us, and you often hear people say "oh, look at that person, she's got evil eyes" or something like that.

  • Human Existence is an illusion created by superiority - incited by survival

    Humans are uniquely adept at utilizing systems of symbolic communication such as language for self-expression, the exchange of ideas, and organization. Humans create complex social structures composed of many cooperating and competing groups, from families and kinship networks to states. Social interactions between humans have established an extremely wide variety of values, social norms, and rituals, which together form the basis of human society. Humans are noted for their desire to understand and influence their environment, seeking to explain and manipulate phenomena through science, philosophy, mythology, and religion.

  • Moral training says yes.

    Evil is any departure from good, so if there is any standard of right behavior, then any deviation from that standard is evil. Anybody who has raised kids knows that kids have to be taught to behave in a good way. Nobody ever has to teach their kids to act badly. So clearly kids are born evil.

  • absolutely

    Morals are cultured into us by our family, by our society, by law by our environment, it is a nurtured thing. if the law didn't prohibit robbing banks, rape, murder, we would be doing exactly that. History shows that if people can get away with doing wrong, they absolutely would do wrong to each other. In fact, when people don't know where to turn to, they turn against each other.

    This is demonstrated everytime, a civilisation collapse, people result to violence, cannabilism, and rape and everything deemed wrong during their life gets thrown out the window, the "man will do anything for the sake of his own soul" argument.

    We like to delude ourselves that we can be good citizens but being "good" is only dependant on how much our environment allows us to be morally good.

  • absolutely

    Morals are cultured into us by our family, by our society, by law by our environment, it is a nurtured thing. if the law didn't prohibit robbing banks, rape, murder, we would be doing exactly that. History shows that if people can get away with doing wrong, they absolutely would do wrong to each other. In fact, when people don't know where to turn to, they turn against each other.

    This is demonstrated everytime, a civilisation collapse, people result to violence, cannabilism, and rape and everything deemed wrong during their life gets thrown out the window, the "man will do anything for the sake of his own soul" argument.

    We like to delude ourselves that we can be good citizens but being "good" is only dependant on how much our environment allows us to be morally good.

  • Yes always

    A person is born evil, we see this throughout human history. The reason we do not commit crime, is because of an invisible fence stopping us (The Law), Accompanied with the fear of the punishment. As seen in the Lord of the Flies, these children are put on an island with no law and order, and what happens? They all end up killing each other for power. In history, less and less wars have occurred because we have strengthened law and order throughout the world. War is only started by evil men, who are in no means raised into evil, but just born evil. A person's contributions to society is only based on their own selfish intent for praise. No one is born good, all are born evil, only law, and physical ability holds them back.

  • Humans are just born

    Humans are nor Evil nor Good. Humans are just human, and the only reason for them to become Evil, is if the environment they are surrounded by, encourages bad behaviors. Humans when they are born don't have a sense of what is going on, so how could we tell if they are born Evil? They don't even have any memory. Everything comes into their life as the grow older.

    Posted by: BIur
  • We are born equal

    All humans are born the same, perhaps not in the same surroundings but, they all are born equal. It is from that point that humans start to deviate from each other. It all depends on their surroundings, some kids will experience the better things in life and adapt to that, others will be forced into the opposite situation and will evolve to that lifestyle. But no, humans are not born evil.

  • We are neither.

    When we are born we can't even perceive such concept such as good and evil. We are shaped by our environment and some of our genes. People that live in a violent environment have a higher chance of being violent themselves. All of this that i just mentioned can be learned in Introductory Psychology. We are not born good or evil, we just learn these concepts later in life.

  • Humans are not born evil

    Humans are not born evil. Why? Because it depends on your surrounding. Your family. You are raised in a family full of problems and hate you will carry that hate in your heart and that will turn you evil. Raised in a good loving family with support? Chances are you will become a good person.

  • It is only your opinion that makes them evil

    Over the course of history there have been many examples of so called 'Evil' men and women e.G. Hitler,Stalin etc. But the only reason they were called evil was because of our political leaders opions. For example many people believe that hitler killed the jews not because he was evil but because he geniunely felt that they caused germany and austro-hungary to lose the first world war and they deserved to pay the price for it

  • People are not born evil

    Because we have to think. It's a person's environment that makes them bad. You have all the influences around you. Say you are born in a rural area, you are around bad things all the time so you think those things are normal. But say you are born in a well rounded place then you grow up knowing what is wrong and right. It's also the people who influence you to be bad. You have to also think that if someone influence you to do bad things...you do bad things. So no people are not born bad it is the places and people around them.

  • They are products of their environments.

    A child born to two mentally disturbed parents who mistreat him/her are going to have brain changes/physical injuries that will challenge them the rest of their lives.

    Daddy sexually abusing infant, an impatient mother who slaps a crying child because that child is hungry, a mother who rubs dirty diapers in infants face because at 6 months they aren't potty trained, a father whose greatest joy is seeing misery in his young child's face - these things are going to have a profound effect and that child will develop a different brain structure from one who is nurtured and loved.

  • Morals are taught

    For example child soldiers in Africa haven't been taught morals so are "evil" they are a more extreme case of the average criminal. A motive can always be found. Psychologists dontknow everything there is to know. Although some are more succeptable than others eg the psychopath gene they can still be brought up well and be normal. They can still evaluate right and wrong or learn what's right and wrong. If the intent isn't bad then can it be counted as evil eg mentally ill people I don't think so.

  • People are raised to be either good or evil, not necessarily on purpose

    I have a daughter, Amanda, and when she was a little girl I emphasized the importance of treating animals gently. We had a cat and the cat had kittens. I took the time to show Amanda how to gently handle the animals, and I did so on many occasions, and told her that their mother would be sad if anything bad happened to them. I believe that the more we care about animals, the more we will care about each other.

    Later that month Amanda had some friends over who were excited about the kittens and were handling them. Amanda jumped in and told them to hold and touch them gently and carefully and not to hurt them. They acted like they had never heard such a thing.

    As she grew older I found out that she would jump in and protect kids who were being bullied at school and the bullies respected her. She stopped them and hopefully taught them something too. Even as an adult Amanda protects other adults who are being targeted and bullied by others. She will reduce a bully to tears and has no qualms about it.

    Therefore, I know that you can teach kids to be good people. Parents who don't do this either don't care, don't have good parenting skills, or are afraid that their own kids will be on the bottom of the totem pole unless they abuse others.

    It's worth mentioning that boys who are bullied in school are more likely to become psychopaths, according to a recent study.

  • People are raised to be either good or evil, not necessarily on purpose

    I have a daughter, Amanda, and when she was a little girl I emphasized the importance of treating animals gently. We had a cat and the cat had kittens. I took the time to show Amanda how to gently handle the animals, and I did so on many occasions, and told her that their mother would be sad if anything bad happened to them. I believe that the more we care about animals, the more we will care about each other.

    Later that month Amanda had some friends over who were excited about the kittens and were handling them. Amanda jumped in and told them to hold and touch them gently and carefully and not to hurt them. They acted like they had never heard such a thing.

    As she grew older I found out that she would jump in and protect kids who were being bullied at school and the bullies respected her. She stopped them and hopefully taught them something too. Even as an adult Amanda protects other adults who are being targeted and bullied by others. She will reduce a bully to tears and has no qualms about it.

    Therefore, I know that you can teach kids to be good people. Parents who don't do this either don't care, don't have good parenting skills, or are afraid that their own kids will be on the bottom of the totem pole unless they abuse others.

    It's worth mentioning that boys who are bullied in school are more likely to become psychopaths, according to a recent study.


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Anonymous says2013-06-05T05:56:00.913
It is true.. Although not so much are we "born evil" but indeed it is found in many crimnials brains a slight change in there brian activity. PET scans have been conducted on 41 different killers and 41 non criminals,all killers having very similar brains. For all of them there were significant reduction in the development of the prefrontal corex, "the executive function" of the brian, compared to the non criminals. These such people lacked in controlling there emotions, they had greater addiction to risk, a reduction in self control and poor problem solving skills and highly lacked in compassion. Criminologist Raine brooke did the similar thing in examining murderes brains, during this time he decided to examine his own. To his alarm he found his brian was quite similar to these murderers. Having said that to his shock he did re-call other factors of himself, he always had a markedly low heart rate (which research has shown to be to be a truer indicatior of a capacity for violence than, say, smoking is as a cause of lung cancer) . He was plagued by cracked lips as a child, evidence of riboflavin deficiency(another marher), he was born at home, he was baby blue, all factors in the kind of development difficulties that might set his own researchers alarm bells ringing. He then recaped how he did have many issues. At the age of 5 he was taken to hospital to have his stomach pumped because he had drunken too much alcohol. From age 9 to 11 he was very anti social, in a gang, smoking, letting cars tyres down, lighting letter boxes on fire and consumed in alot of violence. At the age 11 he somehow got out of that state and went to school and wrote alot of essays on "what makes people commit such horrific crimes" dispite his similar brian structure to criminals he didnt have a low IQ that is apparent in killers, or any cognitive dysfunction. Raines biography was a good corrective to the idea that our brain is our fate and that a brian scan can tell us who we are.