Jul 20, 2012

Where does evil come from?

I write in response to a recent, local tragedy.

I woke this morning feeling refreshed and blissfully unaware of current events. (Ignorance is bliss, but only to the ignorant.) I walked the dog, I fed the bunny, I put the kettle on, I went about the little routines that make up my morning. The heat was beating down already when I walked Romeo, making the air thick and filling as pea soup. I kissed my sister goodbye as she left after a wonderful visit, to head back east. And then a text from our concerned brother changed the day's mood. Shootings? Aurora? I hadn't finished my first cup of coffee yet and felt a bit like Arthur Dent trying to put meaning to the word "yellow".


  1. Well said, Mouse.

    I saw a TV show on Science Channel the other night that said the guy who climbed the tower in Austin, TX years ago and shot all those people on the university campus had a brain tumor. Don't know anything about this guy, but at least some of the time it's just plain nature gone amok.
    On that same show, or maybe it was another one, a scientist had performed brain scans of sociopathic murderers and found a pattern of something about their brains that was different from most people. Then he scanned family members and discovered that he himself had the same brain patterns as the sociopathic murderers, but he was not a murderer. When he discussed his findings with friends and colleagues they told him they'd always known he was a sociopath, but he'd never realized it. But he, like you, concluded that even though one can perhaps inherit an "evil" brain, his loving family had raised him in such a way that he had never had any desire to do evil deeds. Interesting, huh?

    1. Very interesting! Isn't it funny how we go about our lives and don't notice things about ourselves that seem very obvious to those around us? And vice versa. Guess it makes a good argument for both nature and nurture.


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