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The Evil Side to Human Nature

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Title

The Evil Side to Human Nature

Subject

Genocide -- Prevention.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring David Scheffer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-09-08

Contributor

Scheffer, David

Relation

G36-00066

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Prior, Cecily

Interviewee

Scheffer, David

Location

United States Department of State, Washington D.C.

Transcription

There is clearly an evil side to human nature in the world, and it’s being demonstrated in killing fields on at least three continents, and probably four, in the world even today. And I think I can only explain it by saying that there are some individuals who find the pursuit of power for power’s sake to be a sufficient excuse to bring unbelievable violence upon even their own countrymen and the innocent who live among them. Sometimes it’s done by very intelligent individuals, other times by really ignorant ones. And yet, there’s real proof that there is evil out there. So, I think for those who might doubt the relevance, quite frankly, of religion or of morality in the world today, let me take you to a killing field, because there’s a real reason to try to continue to pursue principles of morality and principles of a civilized society in the world today, because there are enemies to those out there, and we need to stop them.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:04

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Evil Side to Human Nature,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed May 22, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/744.