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Are People Evil? Essay

666 words - 3 pages

No, People themselves are not evil. Although it may seem people are evil, it’s really because of the error we come across in our brain where, we judge so fast on what little previews we have. When we think people are evil, its really because of the things they do but there are things that drive them to these things with out them even knowing. People act evilly due to, situations, the authority, and, that we are just like sheep.

The situation of anything can really impact the way people act. Situations can draw pressure or what we feel is appropriate for the situation we are in. An example of this is, when a psychologist named Zimbard made a experiment in Sanford where, they made a fake mock prison and hired twenty-four people that they felt were the most normal. They paid these people fifteen dollars a day for everyday they participated in the experiment. There were twelve prisoners, and twelve ...view middle of the document...

Also, the authority given could also greatly affect the way people act. Many experiments like this have been done, but one that stands out is, the obedience study, conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, which measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience. The experimenter orders the teacher, the subject of the experiment, to give what the latter believes are painful electric shocks to a learner, who is actually an actor and confederate. The subject believes that for each wrong answer, the learner was receiving actual electric shocks, though in reality there were no such. More than sixty-percent of people kept playing the game even If they thought people were getting shocked because the professor said that he is responsible for anything that happens.

Most People today seem to be very clueless and will do about anything that everyone else is doing. An example that demonstrates this is, the tragedy in Jonestown that still ranks among the largest mass suicides in history and gave birth to the phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid.” It’s become a metaphor in our culture for blind faith, holding to an unquestioned belief, argument or philosophy without critical examination. In other words, “drinking the Kool-Aid,” means believing something that has no basis in fact. Over six hundred people were told that if they drunk Kool-Aid, they would be saved and the aliens could not get them. Little did they know, the Kool-Aid was filled with deadly toxins, which killed them all.

People are not evil as you can see; it’s just the situations, the authority, and the fact that we are all like sheep. It is very hard to change the way we see people because of how little we know about them but, our brain does this to insure safety to make sure you know what is going around you vey fast. In the future it would help many people greatly if people didn’t act as if they were a sheep and if you tried to judge people with more thought in mind because you may not know what could of happened and why they did it.

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