Dr. Dalrymple's Article: The Frivolity Of Evil

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e Cycle of Evil In his article titled “the frivolity of evil,” Dr Dalrymple defines evil as,” the elevation of passing pleasure for oneself over the long-term misery of others to whom one owes a duty.” Dr. Dalrymple describes how his community and the people who live there are stuck in a cycle of evil. He believes that this cycle is a side effect of Great Brittan’s transformation in to a welfare state along with our culture of entitlement. The many years of dedicated study and extensive observations, has granted Dr Dalrymple unique perspective and a deep insight regarding the human condition and their social concerns. Using examples from his work in a prison psychiatrist hospital, we see how easily this type of evil spreads through a community…show more content…
“Intellectuals propounded the idea that man should be freed from the shackles of social convention and self-control, and the government enacted laws that promoted irresponsible behavior and created a welfare system.” Dalrymple continues his explanation with, “While my patients know in their hearts that what they are doing is wrong, and worse than wrong, they are encouraged nevertheless to do it by the strong belief that they have the right to do it, because everything is merely a matter of choice”. Conditions such as these create a society that lacks accountability. According to Dalrymple, society’s elite would rather see others live in poverty than admit their wrongs and Society will remain the same until they put limits on their own…show more content…
Dalrymple’s states that the origins of evil are found in all of us, he describes this type of evil as “the evil that is found in the everyday actions of men.” Dalrymple goes on to explain, “There is obviously something flawed in the heart of man that he should wish to behave in this depraved fashion “According to Dalrymple it is a legacy of original sin, it is inherent. Man’s inherent self-interest will eventually end up hurting others. Therefore, as a whole, we require some form of regulation to make sure we do not destroy one another. The need for government oversight contradicts the other half of Dr Dalrymple’s reasoning that this toxic environment is a side effect of Great Britain turning in to a welfare state. A welfare state insures social, educational, and economical equality among all Regardless of the cost to society. With having your standard of living dependent on your government you forfeit a portion of your personal liberties and with it go ones ambitions and most importantly the will to improve your surroundings and better your community for future generations. Therefore, the community would benefit from less government regulations. Dr. Dalrymple offers logical, although contradictory arguments to explain the cycle of evil but not any clear ideas on how to stop the cycle of evil and improve these circumstances for future generations. Unfortunately , I believe the
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