After watching way too many shows on Netfilx, I have begun to wonder what it is exactly that makes someone do ‘bad’ things. When I was younger, it was simple. You were a bad person and that meant you did bad things. End of story. Easy wrap up.
As I grew older, I began to understand, however simply, that sometimes bad things happen to youngsters which in turn lead them to do bad things themselves and lead them to do bad things to others.
And further on down the line of study, I became aware of people who do bad things not because of their environments or situations or anything else – these people do bad things, terrible things, for no other reason than they want to. And under these individuals, there were ranges of those who did bad things because they enjoyed hurting others
ranges of those who did bad things because they felt they were ridding the world of bad people
ranges of those who did bad things because they felt the were doing the right thing by ending the lives of those with fatal illnesses
and those ending the lives of others for religious reasons – killing off entire families under the belief that the family did not please god and must therefore be killed
The point then, is it seems, there are any multitude of reasons to do bad things. There are the basest of reasons, religious reasons, legal reasons and moral judgments.
The most extraordinary thing about our species then is the blatant choice to ignore this negativity. We, as a species, have the unique ability of hope. We seek out the good, We seek out the ways to help people no matter how ridiculous, no matter how far fetched, no matter at what cost – we seek help.