So my wife was showing me this video of a mother cat hugging and reassuring her kitten during a nightmare. It’s totally cute, check it out:
Anyway, so she started telling me that she had this conversation about everyone being born with protective parental instincts. It doesn’t matter if you’re a bear, a rich human, or a poor human… you will probably be born with a natural instinct to want the best for your kids… and that’s how all people are ultimately alike.
But I kinda disagree with her on that. I think there are plenty of “parents” out there who aren’t born with these parental instincts. These are the ones who see their kids as walking sources of tax-relief and subsidies, who send their kids to school just to get rid of them, and blame all their parental shortcomings on Eminem, Marilyn Manson and World of Warcraft.
Which then got us to thinking about the whole nature vs nurture thing… I tend to lean towards nature, but wifey leans towards nurture.
So I was thinking, what if a person was born evil? I don’t mean necessarily like Damien the anti-Christ or anything, but just born with a natural disposition towards hurting people and being a complete asshole.
Sure you can be nurtured into a life of violence and pain, but lots of people go through that type of emotional distress without becoming gun-toting mass-murderers and date-rapists. It’s true that most serial killers suffered from childhood abuse, but surely not every abused child grew up to become a hate-filled psycho? There’d be an army of serial killers out there then.
But then again, I also think that not every child that is born evil will grow up to become a serial killer. He/she will be incredibly curious about beating people and torturing animals, but that won’t necessarily manifest into a life of drugging and killing prostitutes as nurturing could teach this child that such actions are wrong.
The kid might not actually see anything wrong with it, but at the very least he/she will realize that doing these things results in a high likelihood of being caught and ending up in jail, and since they’re so selfish they’ll decide that the risks aren’t worth it and they’ll curb their evil ways.
It’s like the guy who is born gay but because he lives in Ohio, he denies his inner feelings, marries some random girl and lives an unfulfilled life.
But evil cannot be denied, so evil kids who don’t become serial killers will find other ways to satisfy their calling. They’ll become girls who flirt with guys and then friendzone them, schoolyard bullies, or authors who write books about glittering vampires.
My big example of being born evil would be Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg – after all, these are the two guys who keep making movies like Date Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Disaster Movie. If their level of evil was a result of nurturing, these two would need to have been brought up in the depths of hell, with the Khmer Rouge as their surrogate parents. But no, they had regular lives like most people… and most people don’t go out of their way to make an entire generation of cinema-viewers stupider like these two do on a yearly basis.
So yeah… anyway my point is, I don’t think it requires nurturing to turn people into psychos. Some are just born that way, and the rest of us will just have to be prepared and accept that there will always be evil in this world.
I mean, just look at most cats. They start off cute, and despite your best efforts at showering them with affection and putting them in a loving environment, they grow up to become bitter, hate-filled creatures who stalk you in the night.