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Question of the Week: “Have Your Views Changed on Anything?”

Notredamemom Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 8:06 AM
You should fully change your mind on the death penalty. No human being is evil, except to the extent he or she was failed by society. Rehabilitation is possible if we're willing to commit the resources to help people.
Roy323 Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 12:36 AM
nDM-I HOPE you are jesting; but we both know the truth, right?
Arley2 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 1:20 PM
Dear Notredamemom,

You seem to be blind as the proverbial bat. You say, "No human being is evil..." I would say to you that "evil" doesn't exist EXCEPT for human beings; which is to say some human beings, not all of us. Per your view Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, Joe Stalin, Adolph Hitler, etc. are just poor boys that "society" mistreated??
MoonYogert Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 1:07 PM
And you believe Notre Dame will beat Alabama
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 10:50 AM
De plane! De plane! Say hello to Mr. Rourke and Tattoo while you're there on the island. I am opposed to the death penalty because I don't trust the corrupt members of the system with that kind of power but the imbecilic notion that "no human being is evil, except to the extent he or she is failed by society is so unbelievably stupid ... oh ... wait ... it's Notredamemom ... gotcha.
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 8:12 AM
Wow, you are so wrong. Children are born with no conscience whatsoever. They have to be taught to have empathy and to care about others. Some simply can't learn it. We call them psychopaths. Some never learned it, through poor teaching or no teaching. Some of those you might be able to change but the greater majority will be set in their ways to firmly to change by their mid-teens or twenties to ever learn.
Jeff2422 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 10:43 AM
Actually, the human genome is capable of having a conscience, it is smply a matter of chemical reactions in the brain and whether the genes that turn-on those chemical reactions are not inhibited. Therefore, unless there is a defect, a conscience is built-in. However, there is a growing body of study showing there is an epigenome. Think of it as the off and on switches for genes. So, enviromental factors could turn off the switch for the chemicals that help form a conscience. Thus, you are partially right on a genetic level, some are born without the switch on and some have the switch turned off by enviromental factors. However, the synapses form in the first 3 years, and these are crucial years for the ability to form relationships (cont)
Jeff2422 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 10:44 AM
and have empathy. It is an area of study that is just being examined carefully in the last 10 years.

I’m almost too depressed to write anything today. The Georgia Bulldogs came within five yards on the final play of the game of winning college football’s national championship (the game against Notre Dame being a mere formality for the winner of the Southeastern Conference), but fell 32-28 to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

But if the Continental Army could survive a bitter winter at Valley Forge, then surely I can summon the intestinal fortitude to write a blog post while sitting in a warm hotel room (yes, perhaps I’m being a tad bit melodramatic).

So here comes the...