Thursday, April 12, 2007

Good vs. Evil

The Problem Of Evil: Why Do “Good” People Do Bad Things?
By Lauren Green

One of the interesting things about “The Lucifer Effect” is how a secular psychologist is embracing a theological term like “evil.” The secular world has many psychological and medical terms to describe the various human conditions. But “evil” conjures up images of the supernatural, a throwback to an age of ignorance, where there was a lack of “understanding” about simple psychiatry.

“Evil” is a place with many unopened doors and untraveled, darkened corridors of the mind — something that's out of control. And in a sense, that's what Zimbardo means: the turning of a screw can happen so slowly. The vast distance that one travels, from a place of goodness and safety, to a place of horrors and mayhem, is almost imperceptible.


Perhaps--and I don't know if the average person thinks about who they are, in relation to this, and what they're about... However, when I worked in the group home, we had to think about it constantly; obviously we had dominion over the boys (and that was why). Many of them were mute and had no way to protest something except to act out.

Our group home's goal was to give the kids as many 'life chances' as possible. Thus, whenever we did anything, we had to ask ourselves if we were being unnecessarily controlling, simply for the sake of control.

So much abuse is an overdoing of control. When you ask yourself about your own motives everytime you give a direction, abuse is very easily extinguished. However, you have to be aware that it's too easy to fall into over-managing a situation, that your own agenda, problems, and ego can trip you up. You have to learn to put yourself away entirely and consciously think about someone else's best interests.

In that way, it's easy to see evil as something mired in one's narcissism; it is a relentless selfishness.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting!

4:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought that Lauren was just another morning hottie who read the news. MY MISTAKE!!

This subject is going to take far more time than I have now, but I LOVED that quote from Soltzenichen (Please forgive the spelling). "The dividing line for evil runs down the middle of every human heart." Close enough.

Aint it the truth! WE are responsible for the evil that we do. Not some misdeed of our parents or siblings! We are NOT victims of friends and family members in our misdeeds!

Here's a reading suggestion. 'The Ten Commandments' by Dr. Laura. It's the best book I've EVER read about how to apply G-d's laws to your everyday life. She's Jewish, but this book could enrich a Hindus life!

I don't subscribe to the notion that you can or SHOULD completely control your emotions. Having said that it's VITAL to control how you ACT on those emotions. You are in charge, control your evil!


4:35 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I'll see about Dr. Laura's book. I don't always care for her personally--her style is a bit off-putting--but I agree with about 99% of the things that she says.

7:54 AM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

Morgan, Lauren's got more on the ball than you'd think!

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