Evil a Learned Behavior Essay

6344 Words Apr 30th, 2011 26 Pages
“Evil, a Learned Behavior” What is evil? Is it characterized by a desire to cause hurt or harm, “an evil mood”? What causes people to do evil? The strong feelings of hatred and dislike that builds up in all of us or simply that all our emotions are constantly on the dark side for such a long period of time. What is right from wrong when the hate in our hearts makes us all make terrible mistakes and commit evil. The writings of Confucius say, “There is no light without darkness, no positive without negative, no good without evil.” Throughout the history of humanity, humans have committed inconceivable and unthinkable acts of cruelty towards one another. From the brutal wars during the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans, to the modern …show more content…
Churchill could not allow that, so he squelched any possibility of the story of the bombing of Coventry. It happened. The Luftwaffe bombed the living daylights out of Coventry, and killed thousands. The entire city was destroyed. After the attack, Churchill toured the damage,he had to come to terms with such a monstrous decision, in order to protect his sanity. And yet, his decision was the right one, the Enigma code held, the Germans never caught on, and the Allies were able to defeat them and win the war - as some have said, the Cryptanalysts won that war at Bletchley Park. What Churchill experienced was NOT evil. If he was evil, he would have simply made the decision and that would have been that. HITLER was evil. A fellow Brit, contemporary with Churchill, was Christian apologist CS Lewis, who was writing at about that time. “ In his book 'The Screw tape Letters”, he lays out that real, true Evil is not the carnage on the battlefield, not the moral degradation of the Human spirit by way of the weakness of the flesh, not the compromise of morals, it's not even the passion of fratricide - good old Cain and Abel - he said Evil is produced, manufactured, generated by men in three-piece suits meeting in oak-paneled board rooms, calmly, almost blithely, changing the fate

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