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Thread: Are humans predisposed to criminality and violence

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    Not everyone goes out and riots when the opportunity presents itself. Not everyone steals when the chances of being caught approach zero.

    But, some do.

    Why is that, I wonder? Are some of us inherently evil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Compassion, and the ability to be empathetic are also part of human nature.
    True but that goes away with stress and pressure. If people are starving or cold they wont be empathetic. Survival does kick in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    Mentally stable humans only become violent in response to certain circumstances. Yes, if society breaks down some will use violence in order to obtain what they need to survive. And some will use violence to gain dominance.
    Its rare that humans in general have needed to do so. Our existence has been very short, geologically speaking, so we really don't know what we would do in a terrible situation. Wars and such have brought out both the best and the worst in people but there again, soldiers are trained for that so there still is some level of civilization.
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    Well, another example, look at the Wild West in America. No law, except some local sheriffs. Everyone carried guns, because those who were unarmed were targets, basically. They'd be robbed and such, and killed, very likely. No?

    Of course, onevcan argue that a certain kind of people went out there back then, too. The kind predisposed to that sort of thing. Meaning, EVERYONE is not like that, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Well, another example, look at the Wild West in America. No law, except some local sheriffs. Everyone carried guns, because those who were unarmed were targets, basically. They'd be robbed and such, and killed, very likely. No?

    Of course, onevcan argue that a certain kind of people went out there back then, too. The kind predisposed to that sort of thing. Meaning, EVERYONE is not like that, yes.
    Most people had firearms for hunting. And they could be used for self-defense or even murder, of course. But many towns in the old West would confiscate firearms within the town limits.
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    Mr. Man,

    If nobody could stop nor arrest you, would it be not a crime?
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Compassion, and the ability to be empathetic are also part of human nature.
    If you "accidentally" drop a pen or something in front of a toddler who can barely speak, they'll get up and exert themselves to cross the room and pick up your pen and hand it back to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    [M]any towns in the old West would confiscate firearms within the town limits.
    Indeed, Tombstone was famous for that (among other things, of course).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Mr. Man,

    If nobody could stop nor arrest you, would it be not a crime?
    Not necessarily. If law enforcement structures break down due to some calamity, that doesn't mean the law itself ceases to exist...

    Quote Originally Posted by splansing View Post
    If you "accidentally" drop a pen or something in front of a toddler who can barely speak, they'll get up and exert themselves to cross the room and pick up your pen and hand it back to you.
    Heh... I think I will try that with my toddler, and see what happens lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Heh... I think I will try that with my toddler, and see what happens lol
    Bear in mind, a prerequisite for them to get up and help their fellow humans is actually noticing that you dropped your pen...
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