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Do people change?

As humans we evolved from, in a sense, animals. We all have animalistic characteristics in each and every one of us.

For example;
Raise a baby tiger from birth in a home, in civilization and teach it to be a calm and loving animal it will conform to learn to be as loving and as a obedient as a dog. When it is fully grown put the tiger back into its natural habitat and sooner then later its animal instincts of "killing" and "survival of the fetus" will emerge. It will go back to being who he is, what a tiger really is. No matter how long you teach the tiger to be loving and gentle once back it its innate environment something will trigger its true self to emerge.

Humans compared to animals have the ability to learn and evolve therefore could a human learn other ways and change or is who we are at birth pre-determined and will stay with us forever?

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  • Sep 7 2012: I'd to add that maybe will power plays a role in whether or not we allow ourselves to give in to whatever is triggering our inner selves.

    Sticking to my prison example, if a violent offender leaves prison as a changed man and encounters a situation where he feels the urge to engage in violence once again BUT knows that its wrong and couldn't stomach the idea of bringing out his "old self". Then would that man be considered a changed person until he breaks and resorts back to violence?

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