There are as many arguments on whether violence is inherited as there are on whether drug addiction is inherited. I’m not a scientist, and I really don’t care about the scientific findings on the matter, because I still really believe it’s just an opinion. Unless there is a study out there that tests everyone in the world, I don’t believe it. I don’t believe violence is inherited, because there are a lot of things to consider:
- Where did that person come from?
- What is his/her past?
- What was the environment like?
- Are they diagnosed with anything behavioral-related?
Even though a person may be born into violence, it doesn’t mean they’re going to be violent. I wasn’t born into it, but I grew up around a lot of it. I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of because I was under the influence of violence, but it’s possible to come away from that. Sometimes, however, it’s not. Violence is a learned thing. You can take a child away from a violent family when they’re born and put them into a home that will love them. If you take them out later, a violent personality is more likely to happen simply because they’ve had the chance to be exposed to it.
A proper “study” to determine such a hypothesis to be true — that violence is inherited — would need to consist of babies being taken away from violent environments right after birth — something I highly doubt could really come into play considering people who are violent don’t just give their babies away or make their violent personas known to the world; they hide in and blend in with crowds fairly well. Babies in violent families would also need to be monitored — another impossible thing, since everyone involved would deliberately allow for child abuse to happen.
It’s like taking me, a child of a mother with Bipolar Disorder, and assuming I’m such, or that I will have such, even though I’ve been tested multiple times and don’t have it. The most accurate portrayal of the disorder that I can relate to is seen in Silver Linings Playbook, a movie I can’t even watch because of how close to home it hits. I’m not like that.
I came from a violent mother, but I’m not violent. None of her children are violent from her, but I’ve seen violence in them that has been learned. Maybe some of their violence comes from lard, as he is violent as well, but I still feel and believe it is learned.