On Consciences, Psychopaths and Sociopaths

I have had some questions in the back of my mind for some time now, regarding this thing called a conscience and those who are said to have been born without it. Something I read not too long ago led me to believe that a conscience is not natural at all. Nobody is born with it. The more I think about it, the more I am certain a conscience is a lot like software. It is conditioning, and for most humans the conditioning or programming takes. But for a few it does not.

This brings up an important question… Is every human being who does not accept the social conditioning or programming of a conscience become sociopathic or psychotic? Is the fact that someone sees no difference between bad or good, right or wrong, and feels no empathy towards others, a guarantee that they are going to go around killing people? Is it true that someone without  conscience has no feelings at all? Or is our society, through our media, trying to convince us that anyone who doesn’t have a conscience is bad, or broken, or a monster?

The conscience is yet another control mechanism, installed in children by those who raise them. Our society is obsessed with controlling the behavior of others. Once you have a conscience installed, the next step is to install a religion. Between these two most folk can be depended on to behave in ways that society finds acceptable. The few “bad apples” can be thrown out.

But what if I don’t want to install a conscience or a religion into my children? What if I want to raise them knowing that there is, in fact, no such thing as good or bad, right or wrong? What if I want to raise them to listen to the hearts, their inner voices, and to turn inwards instead of trying to control things from the outside? If I were to succeed in this, would I be raising monsters? Incapable of living among other humans, likely killing at first by accident then on purpose, not knowing why everyone tells them killing is wrong, not even understanding what the word wrong means?

Or would they simply not have the desire to kill? Maybe the desire or drive to kill is separate from not having a conscience or any empathy towards others.

What are your thoughts on this?

I may have more to say later…

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