At 3/21/13 02:31 AM, Havegum wrote:
The answer is hard to answer properly, because what is deemed by the society as "evil" changes over time, and there's no way to accurately measure the "evilness" of children growing up.
I touched upon this too in my response. You're correct.
My personal take is there's a 50/50 genetics, environment split in what causes a person to grow up to be "evil".
I believe this, only it's not 50/50 in all cases. Some people can be born with a predisposition for doing evil things. Some people are not. Both examples of these people can either live in a bad environment or a good one. Then it depends on time. How long can this particular mind live in this particular environment before it becomes full aware of it's talents, it's short-comings, it's win, and losses... and also, like a roll of the dice, when will this person kill? In time, anything is possible. I think we would see more people become murderers if humans lived to be 1,000.
I'm thinking evil in the terms of extreme misanthropy. There can be mental disorders that follow from the beginning, causing symptoms like various degrees of psychopathy.
In other cases, parents neglect is the underlying cause, perhaps working as some kind of trigger of what's already there?
These are only speculations. We don't know enough about the human brain to determine specific things like this as of now.
It's complicated. Every brain is different. Every body is different. Science can only come so far before it hits a brick wall because learning about the human brain is done so by case steadies, and testing multiple individuals. But as much as we know, it is down to the test subjects. So many factors can alter the results in just one test subject, and we have to test millions before we can find the medium. The medium would equal a general basis to stand on. The majority of people would be the normal ones, (or perhaps the insane ones, as we live in a crazy world.)
But it doesn't matter, because times change, and generations of people die, leaving more testing to be done. Figuring out how one human mind works is easy. But differentiating one mind from the rest of the population is another. How could you even judge something to be evil or good? Just like you said.