This is a discussion on Culture of Violence - Root Cause within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by ksholder Let me start off by saying I don't have all the answers - or maybe many of them. In the wake ...
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The other response comes from the thinking of Socrates and Plato. Their definition of evil/sin was ignorance of the Truth. If a person knew the Truth that we are all connected and One, then he would not be violent towards others (unless the person is suicidal). Most people do not hurt themselves: we don't shoot off our hands if we get angry at somebody, for example!
I also agree with some of the other folks who mentioned parental discipline and upbringing that taught them right from wrong. I think that has a lot to do with most people becoming "normal" and responsible citizens.
Ksholder: You asked a good question; it makes us all stop and think!
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I really do believe in good and evil,I believe some people are more inclined to choose evil over good and then act on their evil thoughts
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Just came back from Jamaica where a local told me that young men there with no jobs and no education have no hope of doing anything other than begging so they turn to violent crime to get enough money to survive. Here, in the U.S., whether perceived or actual, people may feel hopeless and disenfranchised to the point they are driven over the edge. Demonizing the gun is a band-aid fix for a complex social problem. The gun is a scapegoat for many things broken in this country and easily vilified by those who lack accountability and responsibility. I fear it will get worse before it gets better.