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What about the bad guys?

Updated: Dec 12, 2019

If we all have goodness inside of us, why do some choose hurtful actions that will bring others pain or worst?



Children ask me this question often throughout our coaching sessions, and I am always both relieved in their expressing their curiosity and unnerved that they are somehow experiencing a conflict themselves or vicariously through the media. As always though, questions like this give birth to the teachable moments that facilitate learning in real life situations.


Watching or hearing of someone make negative choices is a great opportunity to observe self awareness, practice empathy, and learn positive decision making.

Here are some of the answers and follow up questions that I bring into my discussions when this topic comes up:

  1. While everyone has goodness within them, whenever we choose to make negative actions (actions that are only thinking abou