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Clark Lindsay ClarkANTH 101, Section 13Heidi KlompThe Duality of ManIn an attempt to figure out others’ views on why there are two sides to human beings, I interviewed four individuals, asking the same questions leading up to this topic. They tended to respond quite similarly, although some went into much greater detail than the others. Based on their responses, it can be concluded that human beings have two sides because of how their culture and parents have raised them, what ideas they have taught to them, which then help to shape their own ideas and beliefs. When asked why someone would be a hero to save someone else at risk of their own life, they said that someone would be a not because they want personal gain, but because they just want to serve others and help them because they care more about other people then about themselves. It’s a selfless act. It’s heroic. This is a common trend seen among all the interviewees—that someone would be a hero at risk of their own life because they’re not looking at their own needs, they’re focused on someone else. A hero does what he does because he’s concerned about the welfare of others. One other response was that maybe they wanted the glory of being able to have that kind of opportunity—it’s not so much selfless as an opportunity to look good to everyone else.I then asked what would cause someone to choose to be a villain, to which the first responded: it’s more of a process where you don’t realize that it’s happening because you’re making choices on what you think will be best for you and not for others. You’re taking on a more selfish view. Sometimes it may be to get revenge. The second said: maybe they’re a little insecure about themselves or haven’t really figured themselves out, so it’s easier or more fun to be bad. The third: scientifically, we all seek for our own wishes, we all go after what we all want, and it’s called the Rational Choice Theory that no one ever does anything good just to be nice, they do it because ‘what’s in it for them, what’s their gain?’ selfishness would be according to that theory, what they believe is best for them. The fourth: people don’t specifically choose to be a villain so much as they are disillusioned to believing that that is the right path. A common trend in this information is that people become a ‘villain’ for selfish reasons—they want something and the only opinion that matters in this situation is their own.They also responded that they don’t all necessarily think that what they’re doing is wrong. It may seem right to them while it seems wrong to others. Some differences in opinion could be (as the first interviewee said) that some people may know that they’re, for example, going to hurt someone because they want revenge. The fourth interviewee has a similar thought and said that they’re aware that people could think that what they’re doing is evil. However, this

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