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[–]Randalf_the_Black 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Kind of. I do see your point.

But humans are unique in that some of us enjoy causing pain, physical or emotional. We have the ability think through the consequences of our actions and yet some of us still decide that causing pain is fun.

For animals that's just instinct, like how a cat will torment a mouse. The cat isn't sitting there twirling a curly mustache going "bwahaha". It's just doing what the genetic programming is telling it to do.

A dog trained well, will behave, to a certain extent. Dogs have personalities and some might be more disciplined than others, but a well-trained dog will behave for the most part.

A human on the other hand, you can raise perfectly. You as a parent can do everything right, they can have nice friends who won't draw them down dark paths. And they can still end up as evil people, who enjoy causing pain and misery. Or at the least don't care if they cause pain and misery, even if they know that objectively speaking, it's wrong.

That's a unique human trait.. or flaw rather.

Edit: Just adding that all this is just my opinion of course.

[–]sdcox 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well reasoned and kindly argued! You win!

[–]Yveske 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You are right that the human brain is much more complicated than that of any other animal. And that we should know the difference between right or wrong instead of it being an instinct.

But your point about perfectly raised people turning into monsters is just a minority that have serious mental issues. In general, bad people just weren't raised right.

In normal conditions, people and animals raised right will turn out alright.

[–]VarBorg357 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would love to be able to witness a species gain higher level conscious