What you present poses a problem in response: this gets deeply involved with theory, hypotheticals and philosophy.<quoted text> Heart touching story bout the guy from lebanon. Also I understand the message you were sending, but to ignore the facts & statistics of life is to lie ones self like romney in the election. It's only common sense that ones environment has a huge affect on their outcome whether good or bad. If we choose to continue to treat our environment as an excuse & not a reason, we will continue to get the same results. We need to look deeper into what were the factors that makes 2 kids from the same environment go in opposite directions. I'm no psychologist, but growing up next door to true struggle in the projects of South Jersey, I watched 3 bros raised in the same hell hole go in 3 different directions (1 a marine, 2nd drug addicted, & 3rd drug dealer now in prison). Like I said, I'm no psychologist, but it don't take a scientist to understand that there is science behind it. The only way for those not raised in that environment to be able to study & assess the topic at hand, one must subjugate themselves to that environment. This is not one of those situations where you can give an outside in aspect. It dont fit into the equation! You have to truly understand struggle & pain!
Are humans fundamentally good, bad or in a constant turmoil between the two? If Good then where, why and when did we begin to morph from solitary predators and into socially cohesive, supportive and altruistic beings? Is there profit from exhibiting Good behavior or does being predatory pay bigger dividends? What is altruism?
How can one distinguish Good from Evil if Good is the only experiential device allowed? Being Evil for a weekend might give you a better understanding and clearer distinction between the two but at what price? If you want to understand, as a science lesson, the evil intent behind the murdering of twenty 6 year old children, do you proceed with that course of learning? What is stopping you? Isn't the collecting of knowledge a good thing in our evolution? It would make us better humans to learn, to understand what Good & Evil, sitting in opposition to each other, truly are. This is where the young need good parenting, mentoring and shared Wisdom.
I have read that humanity took off like a rocket at a great tipping point in our distant past: the appearance of grandparents.
Prior to that moment, short lifespans didn't allow for this family extension. Hurry up, have a baby and then die - didn't give us a vehicle for passing on our learned wisdom of, say, a twenty year lifespan of simple survival. Our kids were too young to understand and we died too soon to teach them anything. Lifespans began to increase - for whatever reasons be they climate change from an Ice Age, we ate better, our intellect grew or a combination of all of this. The parents would still be as busy as ever but the earlier generation would be around to pass on hunting stories, star gazing, mysteries of Life, Bow, knife and spear making, etc.
This accumulated knowledge store was critical to the advancement of the species.(I'm getting long here..) Today, this human process of individual family mentoring is disappearing and is being replace by commercial, cold, profit-making media and government. It doesn't take a village to raise a child anymore. And a child raised by government is no longer a part of the human species.
What you suggest - walking in the shoes of poverty, drugs, prostitution,...- is less an education and more a test, a test that can pull the unguided, unmentored, parentless ghetto child into failure. Evil tempts. Good doesn't.