There has been a story which has captured the attention of most people across Europe over the past couple of weeks – the prosecution of Anders Behring Breivik. This is the whiteÂ supremacist who on 22 July 2011 detonated a bomb in the Norwegian Capital Oslo, killing 8 people and injuring 209, before dressing as a police officer and travelling to a small islandÂ Â on a lake NW of Oslo and saying he had been sent to protect all the children on a Youth Camp before slaughtering 69 young people with an arsenal of firearms.
What has particularly caught the attention of so many Europeans is the detail by which Breivik is openly discussing the reasons behind his decision to create the worst peacetimeÂ atrocity in Norway’s history. His graphic explanation of his desire to teach the nation of the risks of multi-culturalism has not only shocked but sickened anyone following the story.
This has really got me thinking about what makes people evil. Is it something you are born with or is it something that permeates your soul as you go through life with societal influences compounding how you think.
You only have to look at modern history to see a back catalogue of infamous ‘evil’ people, intent on showing the world audience their views through manipulation, violence and ethnic cleansing.
Hatred and prejudice are evidently taught. Young children shouting ‘Poof, Faggot, Nigger’ and other terms of hatred to people in the street can surely only have inherited this behaviour from those living around them, but what is it that causes the catalyst that escalates people from the levels of ignorance and prejudice to wanting to carry out crimes so horrific that they create history?
People that choose to chase a dog down the street before kicking it so violently it dies or abducting and murdering a child surely are born with the gene to be evil. What is it in society that creates this kind of mindset that even tells this person that this kind of behaviour is anything but abhorent?
Thankfully these kind of people really are few and far between and these kind of atrocities rarely happen which I hope this is in part to society becoming more accepting of the human race no matter how diverse it is. There will always be evil I guess but lets just pray that this gene pool eventually becomes so weak that it can’t survive how fast society is changing.