Your emotional state must never be dependent on others because everybody has the right and capacity to be happy. Dalrymple further argued that we all know the reasons for our unhappiness but we are blinded by our miseries. Let us consider the case from one of his patients, a mother who had three children by different men. History revealed that the father of his first child is violent; the second died in a car accident while driving a stolen car; and the third demanded to leave him after the birth of the first child.
As she had nowhere to go, the hospital served as a temporary shelter. In-depth history of the patient also revealed that she was kicked out of the house by her mother’s boyfriend and thus, cannot return home. Evil could easily be done to this vulnerable woman because of her age, predisposition of being dependent on a man, and relationship history. She would soon found a man with the same characteristics from those previous husbands and this could make her children vulnerable to evil – exploitation and abuse.
Knowing this possibility, the woman still chose to act according to his will. This is where a simple act of cruelty might lead to succession of evil as the elevation of passing pleasure for oneself might lead to long-term misery of her children to whom the mother owes a duty. Choice as the root cause of evil is intensified by the condition of the welfare state. The state is guided by the humane philosophy and aids the disadvantaged mother and child. She won’t pay local taxes, rent, or utility bills. Even the father is being freed of the responsibility as when the biological father abandon the child, the state becomes the father.
Soon, you would see the irresponsible father spending whatever amount of income he has to his previous vices including alcoholic beverages, girls, and drugs. The state as the surrogate father did not help in the situation; instead, the state intensified the evilness of the biological father who is now an evil tyrant. I agree with the author’s claim that evil is committed by choice and intensified by the consumer welfare or funds from the government.
We were given the highest form of intellect to decide on our own. To do good or evil, the last person that will decide is US. Our decision might be influenced by a few people around us or from circumstances in the environment but, we are solely responsible for commitment to evil. We can say that we are just forced to do a crime but we cannot claim that we are innocent.
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