Which character trait...

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Which character trait do you believe is at the root of most of the world’s evils?

  1. Selfishness

  2. Hate

  3. Indifference / lack of empathy

  4. Ignorance

  5. Dishonesty

  6. Other (explain)

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  1. buttercup
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    ... do you believe is at the root of most of the world’s evils? You can vote for up to two things.
     
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    Fear...….fill in the blank of what you fear and it creates or becomes any of those listed and more besides
     
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    OK, thanks for your thoughts. But how does that explain things like pedophilia, rape, human trafficking, etc.?
     
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    There are many different types of evil. No one or two descriptive words can explain it all. I think drug and alcohol abuse can cause evil to happen. So can blind ambition or greed. I think abortion is evil. So is genocide.
    Different kinds and scope of evil. Too bad.
     
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    Still going with the classic...
    Money.
     
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    Yes, it’s true that there are different types of evil. And I definitely agree that drug / alcohol abuse causes people to do evil things. But I was thinking about it and it seems to me that just about every evil stems from selfishness (caring only about oneself and one’s own pleasure)....And when selfishness is coupled with a lack of empathy, it’s even worse. Which ends up affecting not only the victim, but the world overall, eventually.

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    Thanks. Not to be nitpicky, but the Bible says it’s the love of money (not money itself) that is at the root of all kinds of evil. Anyway, I thought of that, but it seems to me that falls in the category of selfishness.
     
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    Could also tie in with lack of empathy and dishonesty.
     
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    Fear of rejection?
     
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    I guess that’s possible, but maybe a lust for power would explain those things better. I probably should’ve added that to the list, but being power-hungry kind of goes hand-in-hand with selfishness, I think.
     

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