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    .... in Malawi. The belief in getting rich quick compels people to murder & dismember certain segments of society in this country.

    https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/afr...ath-in-malawi/

    Just how powerful an influence does belief play in our lives. In this case I thought of the selfishness of the psychopath at first but if the belief didn't exist would the murder ever have taken place? Does sharing a belief with others increase the chances of violence? I mean sooner or later does misinterpretation of a certain philosophy lead to bloodshed?


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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    .... in Malawi. The belief in getting rich quick compels people to murder & dismember certain segments of society in this country.

    https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/afr...ath-in-malawi/

    Just how powerful an influence does belief play in our lives. In this case I thought of the selfishness of the psychopath at first but if the belief didn't exist would the murder ever have taken place? Does sharing a belief with others increase the chances of violence? I mean sooner or later does misinterpretation of a certain philosophy lead to bloodshed?
    No of course not. We all believe a multitude of things without becoming killers. But we are not all psychopaths of course. Suggest the issue may be due to the person being a psychopath, rather than in belief.


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    No of course not. We all believe a multitude of things without becoming killers. But we are not all psychopaths of course. Suggest the issue may be due to the person being a psychopath, rather than in belief.
    I thought that too but what if the belief didn't exist, wasn't part of Malawi society, would the psycho have killed the albino for some other reason or would he kill someone else eventually for whatever reason?

    How does such a murderous belief become part of a culture? Surely most people wouldn't follow through with it and it seems to be running its course in Malawi although I'm of the opinion there are plenty of citizens that still believe it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    .... in Malawi. The belief in getting rich quick compels people to murder & dismember certain segments of society in this country.

    https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/afr...ath-in-malawi/

    Just how powerful an influence does belief play in our lives. In this case I thought of the selfishness of the psychopath at first but if the belief didn't exist would the murder ever have taken place? Does sharing a belief with others increase the chances of violence? I mean sooner or later does misinterpretation of a certain philosophy lead to bloodshed?
    When you ask: “Just how powerful an influence does belief play in our lives?” it makes it sound like all beliefs are the same, or of the same degree; that the individuals who hold them are all the same. I think you have to stick to the specific belief in question.

    The belief that killing an albino will bring one riches needn’t be present for a psychopath to kill. But how strong would that belief have to be in you or me to commit such a crime? How desperate would we have to be? Extraordinary circumstances indeed. I’ve known many people who often pay lip service to beliefs such as: “Well, if I am meant to get hit by a car in the street, then there is nothing I can do about it,” while at the same time admonishing their children for not looking both ways before crossing a street.
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