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Savagery In Humanity - Debate Speech Coursework

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Paul Walmsley, 10B Monday 29th October 2007 Motion Debate - Second for the Opposition Ladies and Gentlemen, speaking for the opposition, the point that I would like to begin with involves the environment in which children are raised. I do not believe that all Humans are born with a natural instinct to inflict pain and/or cause death, but that these feelings are dependant on the social upbringing of a child. If for instance a child has been raised in a particularly unstable background, where expressions of violence and hatred are common, then these emotions are passed on to the child, who then believes that they are normal and perfectly acceptable. ...read more.


This shows that savagery is not an innate desire, but one which humans will try to stop themselves from having, because it is wrong. Continuing from that point, I would like to stress that all humans always have a conscious choice, regarding the decisions that we make and any actions that we carry out based on those decisions and choices. Our minds do not subconsciously go straight to violence whenever any problem occurs. We make choices every day to resolve issues, but are hardly ever violent. This again shows that we subconsciously try to live our lives in the least savage way that is possible. ...read more.


Most of the religious followers choose to believe in a certain religion, because they think that it has the best guidelines on how to live your life; on how to live a peaceful life. This does not at all demonstrate that humans wish to live violent lives, but that they want peace, they want to live a life where violence is not seen. To conclude, the motion that we are discussing states that every single human being is born with a desire to cause pain and death, if that were the case, why would we be using a civilisation to cover up that desire? If everybody felt that way, then why would we be sat in a room now, having a reasoned and rational debate? ...read more.

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