The Beast Within: Discussion Questions

  1. What does the saying mean: "Man is his own worst enemy?" Do you agree?
  2. What is meant by the term "hate crime?"
  3. What are some reasons given for hatred among people and groups?
  4. If we were all alike, would we get along better? Why or why not?
  5. What is the "Nazi Ideal?" Why has this idea been so destructive?
  6. What, in your opinion, was the worst crime ever committed against humanity? State your reasoning.
  7. What is the most glaring instance of genocide or human rights abuses happening now in the world, nation, state, or local area?
  8. Consider your own life? What defect causes you to get in trouble with others? Do you admit to it? If not, why not? How could not admitting to your shortcomings make them worse?
  9. How does racism play a role in human destructiveness? What about sexism? Anti-semitism? Agism? Classism? Any other "-isms" you can think of? How do you define these terms? How does the dictionary define them?
  10. Why do you think this nation is so fascinated by horror and destruction in the media and entertainment fields? Is this element of our society a positive or negative influence on human affairs?

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