studying evil makes you evil?

United States
June 28, 2008 1:08am CST
some people think that there is something seriously wrong with some one that reads up or studies about some one like a serial killer etc.. to me i think they are fascinating and dont think that that should mean im any different or that im psychotic like the killers.. but some people seriously get disturbed at even watching movies about serial killers much less reading a book about them etc..
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@LouieWpHs04 (4560)
• United States
28 Jun 08
Nahh, I don't see anything wrong with that. You're just expanding your knowledge & getting a better understanding of the world. Without people like that in the world, we would never progress. We would be at a standstill if people only looked at the good. Kudos to you! I find the evil side of things very interesting as well. I'm not evil though, at least. As far as I know! haha, =O
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• United States
28 Jun 08
lol i dont see any horns..
• United States
28 Jun 08
Aha, maybe they're hiding in the darkness pretty girl, =P
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• United States
28 Jun 08
haha maybe
@Agent89 (91)
• India
28 Jun 08
Well, i consider myself a learnerer. And right and wrong are subjective to perspectives. Whats right for me might not be right for you and vice versa. SO i dont think i can believe in this theory of studying evil makes you evil .. it can however, makes you inclined to test a few things on your own .. but that doesnt means that is how will you be for the rst of you life. Learning about something is just gaining knowledge, and sometimes, this very knowledge can save us from the real evil when it comes.
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• United States
28 Jun 08
great way of putting it!! im a knowledge junkie too
• India
28 Jun 08
Thanks ;) Same in fact .. the things i think about, i end up learning about. I have beel like thi since the beginning :P As far as evil and me are concerned .. Id rather know of it and be wary than stay ignorant and vulnerable. Though i have to admit, i have been labelled as evil by people many a times .. and its because of that i dont mind.
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• United States
28 Jun 08
im the same in rather know and be paranoid then not and get hit blindsided by god knows what
@greysfreak (1388)
• United States
28 Jun 08
Oh that definitely doesn't make you evil or bad or weird or anything. My mom loves true crime books, and reads about it online as well. And I haven't been able to get too into reading because I can't focus long enough to read for long. But I like movies that are about murder and stuff. And I definitely don't agree with it or like it, it's just the suspense and psychology of it, kinda seeing things from the criminals viewpoint and the victims viewpoint. Anyone thinks that there is something wrong with studying or reading about bad things or people are just close-minded and they want to sit there and act like the world is perfect and safe, when the truth is, it isn't always the case.
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• United States
28 Jun 08
got to love those people in those dream *happy happy* worlds lol
• United States
28 Jun 08
LOL seriously! Some people live in a bubble! And I'll admit, I have been sheltered in my life, but I can see bad things and I have been hurt, mostly by people I went to school with, but still.. I don't understand how people can actually act like "oh, things are great. yay" LOL
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• United States
28 Jun 08
yeah i made sure i didnt grow up in the bubble my parents tried to keep me in lol
• United States
29 Jun 08
I stay away from stuff that 'gives me the creeps' hehehe. My son is a different story. He is fascinated with that kind of stuff and at 3 years old was quoting horror movies. (He would watch them with his sister, not me!)He's like the resident expert on Hitler, Dahmer, Manson, etc., and my mother was always saying 'he's going to turn out to be a serial killer', which really used to annoy me, in fact it made me want to slap her. But like I said, I stay away from that kind of stuff since when I read about it or watch movies about it I feel creepy and on edge for days afterwards. I'm not gonna make choices for anybody else though, regardless of their age. People criticize me because I always allowed my kids to make their own choices about what they wanted to eat or what they wanted to watch on TV. I certainly let them know my opinions but I left the final decision up to them.
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• United States
29 Jun 08
sounds like the kid should belong to me!! just kidding.. and i think its cool you let them decide
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• United States
29 Jun 08
Hehehe, except you would had to have given birth to him when you were 3! He's not exactly a kid anymore, he's 23.
@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
28 Jun 08
I think studying things like that makes you be better able to protect yourself against them. Ignorance is not your friend so the saying goes; and it is true. Know the enemy in order to beat them. That's smart. I also think some people are born with abilities to think that helps those trying to catch crazy people, catch them. Naturally curious. I also think that most people want to hide behind lies and "feel" safe. The truth is handled by those who have to stomach to do so. It's not always pretty.
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• United States
28 Jun 08
even while i like studying them i think it would mess me up if i was a criminal profiler since you would really have to think deep into their psyche to figure out how to catch them
@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I have heard of cops going bad from being exposed to all the dark side of life. Fortunately things are better for them as they have counselors to help them keep in check mentally. They watch for things as well. There are signs that show up when a cop goes bad. That's beauty of the system. In theory it works.
• United States
28 Jun 08
Knowledge can't hurt anyone. It's what one chooses to do with that knowledge that can be a problem. For literally thousands of years, the Kaballah was forbidden to anyone who was not at least 40 years of age, married, and with a beard. This was only the first indication that women could not study it. The rest of it was the firmly held belief that any woman who read it would immediately go incurably insane. I've made it to the age of 61 without insanity, and I've studied Kaballah every day for longer than I can remember. It's even become somewhat stylish. One of my master's degrees concerns aberrent behaviors, such as serial killing, abuse, etc. None of that knowledge has ever even fleetingly aroused any interest in becoming one of those people. The ones who should be seriously worried about something being very wrong are those whose minds are so tightly closed that they think it's up to them to protect the world by warning against using the intelligence with which we were born! Poor them.
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• United States
28 Jun 08
i never knew about that with the Kaballah
• United States
29 Jun 08
I don't mean to be a downer in any way, but learning lots and lots about such behaviors didn't help when a girl I'd taken in when her parents threw her out was killed by a serial killer! I wish I'd known he'd get to her before I could pick her up from school.
@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
28 Jun 08
By that criteria, studying French would make you French, and studying Proctology would make you...
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• United States
28 Jun 08
haha i like that
@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
28 Jun 08
Thank you :) As a more serious answer, George Santayana said 'Those who do not learn from History are doomed to repeat it.' Learning about evil things won't make you evil, any more than a trip to the Holocaust museum would make you want to kill Jews. Learning about them with evil intent prior to ever picking a book up, though...
• India
28 Jun 08
I dont hink so. Studying evil will make us more prepared.. more capable of how to prevent us from it. We far the things we dont know about .. the danger unkown is the biggest threat. So, not leearnin, not gaining knowledge about such stuff just because people with their ignorant minds and unexplainable logics think you will turn evil might be our biggest mistake. We cannot categorize evil and good like labels on boxes. They are a matter of personal opinion (as already stated above) ... Evil for me, might be holy for someone else. Doesnt that makes us all sinners at some point ?? .. And arent the people who say knowledge will make us turn bad are evil themselves when u think about it from a point of veiw of a sceptic learner. However .. I have to admit .. evil has a strong influence over how we are and what we do. It takes a man with clear cnscience and good mental strength to not be affected by what he learns.
• United States
28 Jun 08
as i said above (somewhere lol) i think the desire or possibility of evil probably exist before they were to even study about it to where when they study it brings it out by giving them ideas or them making it their own sick bible type tool
• India
29 Jun 08
Hmm .. probably. Sounds logical when you consider that we are willing to agree that our fate has been decided we are just playing parts. If what we are to do and how our life will be has already been decided .. then it is also decided who will turn evil and who will not turn evil at mere contact and study of it.
@inkyuboz (1288)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
4 Apr 09
It's amazing how close-minded other people can get. Surely, if I choose to study dogs, for instance, would that make me a dog? (laughs at own joke) It's not necessarily true that you'll be corrupted easily by what you are studying unless you commit yourself to doing what it tells you to do. It's always the person's decision whether or not he/she will do something drastic about it.
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• United States
5 Apr 09
exactly.. i think its insulting for people to assume some one can be so easily swayed by anything!! but some people i guess think it can happen or have seen something like that happen to people that did decide to commit and assume everyone will
@animestan (323)
• Canada
4 Apr 09
I think this will have to effects. 1. They learn of new methods to do evil 2. They learn how they can prevent evil
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• United States
5 Apr 09
true.. although some people dont think it matters and just thinks that a person exposing themselves to it will be enough to do wrong
@bbjwlsn (263)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Hi moon, I would rather read a book about true crime (murder, serial killer) than anything else. I have always been fascinated with reading these kinds of books. And, believe me, I am the safest person you would ever want to meet! LOL There is absolutely nothing wrong in reading true crime. It is very interesting to try to figure out why these people came to be the way they are. I'm still trying to figure out Charles Manson, after all these years. I read everything I can find about him. Does that make me a psychotic madwoman? I don't think so! Have a great day!
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• United States
25 Jul 08
i love any kind of psychology/crime etc.. i like to try to figure out what makes the psycho's tick
@knightrider (1087)
• India
4 Jul 08
y shd one study evil, there are so much better things to do
• United States
4 Jul 08
to understand it better.. or just to learn something new.. this would be talking mostly about how people think studying how serial killers came about is evil
@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I have always been fascinated by books about serial killers or brutal killers. I read about Charles Manson years ago and about the famous one who ate his victims years ago. BUT I have been told that I am TOO nice and that I am a nice person. Guess I have not been affected by reading those books. I don't think it means a thing except that someone is curious about what happened or maybe about what was going through someone's head when they could do such things to someone else. I know it is the furthest thing from my mind.
• United States
4 Jul 08
i couldnt hurt anyone either.. im too empathic..
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Its mostly absurd. Some people may have an innate "evil" that could be influenced by further reading and study, not everyone is like this. Some people study "evil" for knowledge sake. It would be similar to studying "good" or even more debatable topics: history, society, politics, weaponry, combat. People reading certain topics does not mean a person will become what they've read. People may take thoughts to heart, but for the most part they keep the knowledge and remain as the people they are. This topic is similar to other media consumption issues. Does watching violent t.v. make a person violent? Does playing games make one evil? Does watching manipulative dramas make one manipulative? Does watching empty videos, soaps, game shows and other media make one empty? While some people may fit the assumptions, many do not. In fact assumptions like the one you mentioned and the ones I've mentioned are simply there to uphold people's misguided beliefs and expectations.
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• United States
4 Jul 08
i think a lot of people want something to blame because "their son" that killed or whatever couldnt be a mirror on how they parent.. WHICH i can see that being both right and wrong.. i think some people turn into psychos from abuse etc but others i think are gonna be no matter what..
@muxicka (216)
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
Nope, I think those people are just idiots to think that a person amused on reading those kinds of books are insane or something.
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• United States
2 Jul 08
yep.. sad that people are that scared of things that they think everything could make anyone a threat
@michelyn (717)
• United States
1 Jul 08
Some people just don't share that thirst for knowledge that some of us have. I love reading books and biographies about serial killers. I also like reading books about different religions. I love to read and learn about anything that I can possibly read and learn about regardless of whether it fits in the confines of what other people consider acceptable reading. If I choose to read about a serial killer, it doesn't mean that I want to be a serial killer. If I read about satanism, demons and possessions, it doesn't mean that I am a devil worshipper. If I read about vampires and werewolves, it doesn't mean that I wish to become one. If I read about Jihad, it does not mean I wish to become a terrorist and join the Taliban. I read because knowledge is power! One of the biggest problems that we have in this world is a lack of communication and understanding. If more people understood the religions and customs of other cultures, there would be less war. The only way to ever understand these things, besides living them, is to read about them. Reading the Anarchist's Cookbook does not an Anarchist make!
• United States
2 Jul 08
i was raised that you are what you read/watch/etc so my family even thinks having dungeon and dragon books will curse you etc lol.. i love to learn about all kinds of thinks and i think the weirder the better lol
29 Jun 08
I have a differed opinion about it. One side i have an opinion that it is not at all wrong or it is foolish to think that a person who reads killers is a psychiotic or something at the same time there are quite a few people who are really psychopathic and read such killers to just innovate their ideas :D But then we even have heard people saying that our interests depend on our nature. So people who pick up romanctics, thrillers and a lot like that differs on their nature. So in that perception people mistake killer lovers :)
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• United States
29 Jun 08
lol if i were to be evil i would read up on it but im not so the worlds is safe... from me at least lol
• Poland
29 Jun 08
When you are studying way of serial killers thinking you can better understand them. If you understand them you are one step closer to accept them. When you accept them you are two steps closer to become one. All that stops you is yourself and some people can just don't believe in you. You can watch and read 1000 serial killers cases and be still normal and sometimes you can watch one movie or read one book and actually something bad can awake in you. It's all depends on person. Cheers and happy myloting.
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• United States
29 Jun 08
good way of putting it
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Well if that makes you evil, then I am evil for sure. I actually just started reading up about Charles Manson because I have heard his name around for so long, but never really knew exactly what happened and what Spahn Ranch was all about. For me, I think I am warranted in reading about serial killers and things like that because I am a psychology major. It is interesting to read about people like that to learn about how people's views can be skewed and twisted into something so strange and horrific. I guess those some people would have you believe that if you read the Bible, you're good? That's not true either...
• United States
29 Jun 08
lol yeah that definitely doesnt make you good (bible part) and i could write a few books of references to back that up haha.. i always wanted to go into psychology.. i have a cool book on serial killers (cant think of the title though of course lol) but its like serial killers from a to z or something and lists with an little history all the serial killers that are known or famous etc.. i didnt get very far in the book since i would read it at work when work was slow which scared a lot of people haha
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Now that is just ridiculous but I'm sure there are people that do really believe that is true. I am sure there are people who are so easily influenced that watching a movie or reading a book could affect them. I'd have to also believe that that person already had some emotional or mental problems of some sort and and it wasn't the movie or the book that caused this problem. just my theory...I really don't know.
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• United States
29 Jun 08
i think that too but people tend to forget that the person was crazy before hand and then blame whatever they feel like after he does something awful on whatever they deem unacceptable to them