Good Vs Evil Essay

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Good and Evil. They are antonyms of each other, the polar opposites. One is how you described a well behaved child, the other, Hitler. That well behaved child might have been told to be ‘good’ by their parents before they started walking. They will continue to strive to be ‘good’ every day of their life, as do most people. However what is a good or bad person? Are bad deeds only done by ‘bad’ people? Unfortunately, the line between good and evil is not a wall that stops you from ever reaching the other side. It is more like a hole that one would fall into before they noticed it was there. With the right help, the trapped individual could eventually crawl out.

In August, 1971 an experiment conducted by a Stanford University psychology professor,
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The findings help society to understand that the line between good and evil is not a wall that stops you from ever reaching the other side. Good people can easily become evil and sadistic. It is all down to the environment and situation they are in. I personally believe that the findings have shown that humans are malleable, in the sense that in the right situation we can easily switch from being a sadistic guard making people who honestly have not done anything wrong, clean the toilets with their bare hands, strip them of their bedding and even their clothes. We can be turn as sadistic as easily as we can turn into submissive slaves essentially. With enough time and lack of supervision, they would have easily reached the same level as Abu Ghraib, where during the war in Iraq that began in March 2003, personnel of the United States Army and the Central Intelligence Agency committed a series of human rights violations against detainees in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. These violations included physical and sexual abuse, torture, rape, sodomy, and murder. One of the participating Guards in the Stanford Prison experiment actually said, “Give us enough time and we would have got there.”It is not ‘a few bad apples’,

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