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Thread #162079   Message #3856938
Posted By: Senoufou
24-May-17 - 08:07 AM
Thread Name: Obit: death of UK child killer Ian Brady
Subject: RE: Obit: death of UK child killer Ian Brady
I tend to agree with you Al. We're all naturally aghast at the evil actions, but it isn't all that common to go one further and ask ourselves "WHY did they do it?" And there will always be a reason.
Either a certain mental mindset, abuse, alienation, indoctrination and so on. If they hadn't suffered from one or more of these things, they presumably wouldn't have done what they did.

On a tiny level, I've dealt with some extremely disturbed and badly-behaved pupils, (whom the Head always sent to me to keep the lid on. Thanks so much Mr H!) And while being firm and insisting the behaviour stopped, I usually found the child had a valid reason for their non-conformity. Their home life was awful, they were struggling with social relationships and had no friends, they were not quite normal in their mental health and so on.

I'm NOT trying to make excuses for evil. But it's far more complex than just condemning people out of hand and executing them. The more understanding we gain of their motives and mindsets, the more chance we have of combating wickedness and preventing future atrocities.