Friday, January 28, 2011
No.....There isn't. It's not real.
We "are" what we believe, and our beliefs about that dictate our perception of the world. Very few people will admit to bad or wrong behaviour, so I can only assume that most people want to do good and right, or that quite a few people are very good liars. This "good vs evil" thing has plagued us from the very beginning of time. How many people actually say "I set out to do evil!"? Some people make the unfortunate connection that sociopaths are evil and conniving, best you not turn your back on them, or more woe for you. That is not entirely true.
Imagine life as a piece of string.....One end being right/good/happiness, the other being wrong/bad/sadness.....Who would exist at that bad end of the string? No one by choice... The fact is, life is not a piece of string. We all exist in grey areas, defined by parameters that are not decided by us. According to the law, I can't park my car on a certain piece of ground unless I am granted permission? So I park my car on this certain piece of ground without permission. Am I evil? No I am not evil... By the same token, if a man steals to serve his hungry family, is he evil? I don't believe so.
As a species, we have become confused. The unnecessary has made us behave strangely. If all we had to worry about was our basic survival, this other rubbish would cease to matter, and then we may begin to understand the importance of being - less the importance of a punitive existence.
I can name a few who I suspect were truly evil, without regard, Marque Du Sade, Hitler, Stalin, Joseph Mengele, and Caesar - they became famous for their atrocities. Serial killers, cold blooded sadists. All of them most likely sociopaths/psychopaths. However not all cursed (or blessed) with this personality type end up this way. I call it a personality type, because this is how I see it. It's not just another word for being "mean", it's like introversion, extroversion, dyslexia, mild autism, tourettes, left brained, right brained.... Its about wiring.
What creates a monster, a truly evil person, a "bad seed". Science, X + Y = Z. Genes + upbringing = the person. I have to laugh at the sociopaths who wax lyrical about the joys of being "mean". They attempt to bridge a huge gap between "good" and "bad" with a mere personality type. Cruelty can be a side affect of sociopathy, the nurture aspect plays a major role in this equation. It is not a given, in fact a sociopath with a brilliant upbringing would be no more likely to be cruel than any other person. Of course the odds are stacked against them (us...I cant decide).
Good or bad...I'm sitting on the fence, I hope I don't get pushed off....on to the wrong side.