Are you good or evil?
The world is rife with injustice, and many of us demand an explanation. In the article The Science Behind Psychopaths and Extreme Altruists, the writer confronts us with a dichotomy, comparing psychopaths and extreme altruists, but does not indulge us with an immediate answer. The placement of this as a header primes the reader to question his or her own actions and examine how mere humans can exist on opposite ends of this spectrum.
Haunting black and white images span the center of the page, usurping the attention of the viewer. The photos are accompanied by death tolls that are in bold under each image. Although the images are deafeningly serene, the number of lives lost shatter that guise and the writer presents us with more contradiction. The dissonance keeps the reader on the edge of every word written, asking for some coherent conclusion that will solve the discomfort that arises. Instead of releasing tension, the writer tightens their scope — choosing to focus on an individual story rather than an entire moment in history. The moment is suddenly magnified, as the chosen women’s story of heroism encapsulates the attention of the reader. The writer uses scope and detail to introduce the two concepts in a way that makes it appear that horror and heroism may occur in equal frequency.
After delving into personal scenarios and national events that the reader can emphasize with, the writer introduces the heart of the article; attempting to tell the world why. Using research on child psychology along with infographics, the writer appeals to the reader’s rational side, the one that craves logic and reason. The article uses logos, pathos, and ethos to convey to the reader that there is an answer to be found within a sometimes non-sensical world. Citing research, researchers, and even arguments the writer convinces the reader that there is hope. This resolves the initial disconcerting reality, offering a way out from the despair that initially seemed senseless.
It seems that there could be a scientific solution to quelling the inner psychopathic animal inside every man, though the writer does not espouse a single answer, they bring flesh to the bare bone concept of true evil.