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Jan 21, 2019 16:21:11

On Courage & Evil

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I was talking to a friend some years back. He told me about his past. He did things that he wasn't proud of. I was surprised at how much he had changed his life around. 

Right while I was praising him, he proceeds to blame the devil for what he did back then. I was disappointed at that statement. 

I am not a fan of shifting responsibilities of our action onto something external. If it was just external, then there is a chance it will happen again. And he would still not be responsible for his actions. 

In a ted talk by Philip Zimbardo - he discusses the motivation behind acts of evil. He was the psychologist hired to explain what happened in Abu Gharib. His conclusion is that when we are in a group, we take on a persona that is defined by that group and situation. It takes a hero to risk going against the group's belief or refuse to participate in their action.   

I think my friend's actions were due to peer pressure. 

I wonder - if I were to face the pressure of doing something "evil", would I be courageous?  

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    I think that when there is a mass or a large group, the individuals who are apart of it -- besides the rare anamoly -- will be enslaved to whatever that mass is doing, and sometimes it will be doing something crazy or bad or evil.

    "I wonder - if I were to face the pressure of doing something "evil", would I be courageous? "

    Assuming you meant feeling the pressure from a group that you were apart of, I'd argue no. This is why I think who we choose to surround ourselves with, what groups we join, is so important. Because come time to make a decision in the moment, it will most likely already be made for you.

    Abe avatar Abe | Jan 24, 2019 03:48:19
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      @abrahamKim - yes who you surround yourself with impacts who you are greatly.

      That could be why I really really dislike conforming to something that's expected of me - particularly if it makes no sense. I want to develop the curiosity and courage to ask WHY a lot. I think it's possible to practice being clear minded enough to sense when something is off. It's not easy but I hope I can learn to say no.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 24, 2019 12:21:24
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    Only God knows how long i've been staring at this piece thinking to comment or not.

    Lovely piece @keni

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jan 21, 2019 23:13:58
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      @seunoyebode - Thank you 'Seun. This topic fascinates me and there was so much I wanted to add. But I am trying to stick to as close to 200 as possible. I have a tendency to keep going otherwise. I want to develop the skill to write better with fewer words...

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 21, 2019 18:06:22
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