EVIL in the Human Mind and Consciousness

Evil is considered by many to be the diametrical opposite of good.Besides that, evil is the essence of pure negativity.  It is committing the most egregious acts. One can say that it has dire mortal consequences & is often beyond redemption.
Evil is considered by many to be the diametrical opposite of good.Besides that, evil is the essence of pure negativity. It is committing the most egregious acts. One can say that it has dire mortal consequences & is often beyond redemption.
Evil is beyond bad, it is wrong & sin w/little or no chance of respite. According to myths & religions, the world was all good, then evil arose. For example, in the Bible, Satan rebelled & separated from God which was the inception of evil.
Evil is beyond bad, it is wrong & sin w/little or no chance of respite. According to myths & religions, the world was all good, then evil arose. For example, in the Bible, Satan rebelled & separated from God which was the inception of evil.
Some contend that evil was/is a separation from God & the highest states of awarness & consciousness. They contain that humankind in its pure state is good; however, it elected to access its more baser natures instead of its higher ones.
Some contend that evil was/is a separation from God & the highest states of awareness & consciousness. They contain that humankind in its pure state is good; however, it elected to access its more baser natures instead of its higher ones.
There are THOSE who contend that the world is a deeply flawed & imperfect, even wicked place & humankind is a reflection of this. They see humankind as utterly dissolute, even damnable, beyond any chance of moral redemption or even hope.
There are THOSE who contend that the world is a deeply flawed & imperfect, even wicked place & humankind is a reflection of this. They see humankind as utterly dissolute, even damnable, beyond any chance of moral redemption or even hope.
There are others who believe that humankind has a choice between good & evil. They contend that humankind can be good if it takes responsibility for its actions. They maintain that humankind has the power to be good if it wants to.
There are others who believe that humankind has a choice between good & evil. They contend that humankind can be good if it takes responsibility for its actions. They maintain that humankind has the power to be good if it wants to.

EVIL, What is IT Really?


What is evil? Evil is defined as the diametrical opposite of goodness. It is considered to be the essence of the utimate state and most abysmal aspect of negativity. It is perceived to the basest and most degenerate form of all behaviors imaginable. It is actions and/or beliefs perceived to have extreme dire mortal consequences. It is also quite damnable in scope. In fact, it is an act and/or thought to be highly unconscionable and horrific to the highest degree.


Evil is beyond bad. It is believed to be egregious wrong and sin with little or no chance of respite and/or redemption. In fact, evil can be classified as beyond redemption at some point. According to myths, religions, and folklore, the material and immaterial, supernatural world, existed nothing but good. Everything and everyone was deemed to be perfect and without blemish. Then there was a chasm in which these worlds become flawed, discordant, and otherwise imperfect. An example of this is the Judeo-Christian Bible in which there was a conflict between God and the Devil as a result of the latter's willing disobedience. Subsequently, the Devil separated from God, going his/her own way which was believed to be the inception of evil. This evil eventually reverberated to the material world.


Evil, to some, is a separation from the purest and highest form of human consciousness imaginable. They purport that the true state of humankind is love, kindness, goodwill, concern for, and harmony with human and all life forms. They maintain that the true state of humankind is unity with God, a Universal Being, or the Godhead. They assert that because of human failings, humankind elected to separate from the ultimate source of good of its own volition. They insist that as a consequence of this separation from God or highest spiritual consciousness, evil and other lower, negative characteristics started to seep into the human consciousness and mindset. They attest that evil would never exist if humankind was/is in connection with God and/or its higher and more spiritual nature.


Others staunchly aver that humankind is flawed and therefore evil by nature. It is their contention that the world is extremely imperfect, even debased. They argue that humankind is a reflection of this world. There are even a substrata which proclaim that humankind is damned and totally at the stage beyond any type of moral redemption and/or salvation. In fact, they contend that the overwhelming majority of humankind are totally dissolute with only a minute percentage being classified as good and worthy.



Then there are those who believe that humankind can be good and evolve to a higher state of moral or spiritual awareness. However, they explain that this takes deep, analytical and/or introspective assessment on its part. They assert that humankind has components of both good and evil. They add that humankind has to accept the ultimate responsibility for its lower, less positive nature and resolve to be good. They argue that the power of good and evil life within humankind and it is solely its ultimate decision to choose which path to go. They maintain that humankind can be good if it desires to.


There are those who insist that the source of evil is humankind's separation from God & its higher spiritual nature.They contend that the natural state of humankind is goodness.They contend that humankind separating from God, became more negative.
There are those who insist that the source of evil is humankind's separation from God & its higher spiritual nature.They contend that the natural state of humankind is goodness.They contend that humankind separating from God, became more negative.
It's believed that as a result of separation from God/higher forms of consciousness, humankind has elected to act in ways in direct opposition to its true nature.They maintain that humankind has experienced a regression in its state of consciousness.
It's believed that as a result of separation from God/higher forms of consciousness, humankind has elected to act in ways in direct opposition to its true nature.They maintain that humankind has experienced a regression in its state of consciousness.
To others,there is a SUPERNATURAL origin to such evil in this world.They contend that malevolent spirits caused evil in the world. If there is EVIL in the natural world, there HAS to be EVIL in the supernatural world.
To others,there is a SUPERNATURAL origin to such evil in this world.They contend that malevolent spirits caused evil in the world. If there is EVIL in the natural world, there HAS to be EVIL in the supernatural world.
Many contend that it's malevolent spirits which originated evil & discord which appear in the material world, affecting humankind. They state that such influence led humankind to rebel & disobey a benevolent deity, thus causing its moral iniquity..
Many contend that it's malevolent spirits which originated evil & discord which appear in the material world, affecting humankind. They state that such influence led humankind to rebel & disobey a benevolent deity, thus causing its moral iniquity..
Some contend that he diisobedience & rebellion of malevolent spirits caused discord & malaise. They also  believe that such spirits influenced humans to also disobey & rebel against God or a benevolent deity.
Some contend that he diisobedience & rebellion of malevolent spirits caused discord & malaise. They also believe that such spirits influenced humans to also disobey & rebel against God or a benevolent deity.
Others maintain that if it weren't for malevolent spirits, there'd be NO EVIL in the world. In fact,they assert that the universe & humankind would be perfect & God-like.They assert that it's the intent of such spirits to create an iniquitious world.
Others maintain that if it weren't for malevolent spirits, there'd be NO EVIL in the world. In fact,they assert that the universe & humankind would be perfect & God-like.They assert that it's the intent of such spirits to create an iniquitious world.

Evil ..............Separation from God/Higher States of Consciousness


To many, evil is viewed simply as a willful separation from God and/or the highest states of consciousness. In their perception, the natural state of the universe and all life forms, including human, is harmonious and goodness. They further assert that humankind elected to be dissociated and disconnected from God and/or its higher and/or spiritual nature, hence separating from God and higher spiritual consciousness. They contend that instead humankind choose to access its lower, more debased nature, becoming progressively negative in the process.


It is their assertion with humankind's separation from God, it become more negative in terms of consciousness, mindset, orientation, and perception. They further clarify that the universe became discordant and corrupt as a result of such negativity. According to them, humankind, in its lower state of consciousness, saw the environment as foreboding, even malovolent. They contend that humankind elected not to follow his higher, spiritual nature, instead opting to act in ways that were contrary, even in direct opposition, to this higher nature. They further attest that humankind regressed from a higher, more spiritual consciousness to a lower, more degenerate state of consciousness.


They maintan that humankind became more debased as a result of not being attuned to its higher spiritual state. They assert that humankind began to honor and revel in the darker and less evolved aspects of themselves. They insist that humankind ceased to view each other as part of a whole but instead saw each other as competitors, even enemies. They contend that people saw nothing unusual acting in methods that were deleterious to other humans and the environment. They confirm that instead of love and kindness, it was common for people to express hatred, avarice, and other incorrigible characteristics to achieve their ends.

Then there are those who suggest that evil have supernatural origins. Their argument is that it was/is malevolent spirits or demons, or the Devil who by their willful disobedience and rebellion against God or a benevolent deity, created negative energy. They see these malovolent spirits as the true cause of evil and negativity in the material world. They state that since there is evil in the material world, it is only reasonable to conclude that there has to be evil in the supernatural realms.


They contend that as a result of these malevolent spirits' rebellion and subsequent separation from God or a benevolent deity, evil, mayhem, and other types of discord became commonplace in the material world. They maintain that this state of evil eventually caused humankind to also disobey and rebel against a benevolent deity. According to them, such actions resulted in humankind becoming susceptible to more negative forms of behavior and its moral downfall.


They assert that if it were not for malovolent spirits, demons, or the Devil, there would be no evil in this world and humankind would not be thus affected. They contend that it would be impossible for humankind to act in less than desirable, even represensible ways without the influence of some sort of supernatural evil. They believe that it is the intention of such malevolent spirits to create a world that is in total opposition to what God or a benevolent spirit had initially intended for this world. According to them, God or a benevolent deity would want a harmonious, peaceful, and positive while malevolent spirits desire a world that is as disharmonious and abhorrent as possible which reflects the latter's inner debasement and turpitude.

There are those who view evil as a part of life which CAN'T be avoided. They contend that in the material/natural world, there is good & EVIL. They assert that it is the nature of this world to be imperfect & evil is a part of that imperfection.
There are those who view evil as a part of life which CAN'T be avoided. They contend that in the material/natural world, there is good & EVIL. They assert that it is the nature of this world to be imperfect & evil is a part of that imperfection.
Others view evil as an integral part of the human condition. Humans have desires & needs. There ARE times & circumstances when humans can exhibit & manifest their WORST & IGNOBLE behaviors.
Others view evil as an integral part of the human condition. Humans have desires & needs. There ARE times & circumstances when humans can exhibit & manifest their WORST & IGNOBLE behaviors.
There are some who assert that there are times & circumstances where one must do acts that are reprehensive or otherwise negative in order to survive w/n a given society.  They contend that if one doesn't act that way, he/she wouldn't survive.
There are some who assert that there are times & circumstances where one must do acts that are reprehensive or otherwise negative in order to survive w/n a given society. They contend that if one doesn't act that way, he/she wouldn't survive.
Some even have a MORE DISMAL view of evil. They contend that because of the fall from grace, the world is an evil & corrupt place. It follows that humankind is similarly evil & corrupt.
Some even have a MORE DISMAL view of evil. They contend that because of the fall from grace, the world is an evil & corrupt place. It follows that humankind is similarly evil & corrupt.
They believe that there is NO such thing as good human being. They assert that given the abysmal state of the world, human beings are evil in varying degrees. They maintain that this is expected given the high degree of immorality present w/n humans.
They believe that there is NO such thing as good human being. They assert that given the abysmal state of the world, human beings are evil in varying degrees. They maintain that this is expected given the high degree of immorality present w/n humans.
There are those who strongly insist that there ISN'T hope that humankind & society will mend THEIR evil ways.They further maintain that humankind & society has gotten WORSE & that the only way that evil would be eradicated is to begin ANEW.
There are those who strongly insist that there ISN'T hope that humankind & society will mend THEIR evil ways.They further maintain that humankind & society has gotten WORSE & that the only way that evil would be eradicated is to begin ANEW.

Evil............................a Part of Life

Evil to many is an inevitable part of life. They maintain that the world and people are components of good and evil. They contend that evil is a reality which cannot be avoided. They further assert that to believe otherwise is totally fantastical at best and delusional at worst. They contend that the finite and material world is imperfect. They argue that imperfection in all its forms is an integral part of the material/physical world, adding that evil is part of that imperfection. They state that only the supernatural world, if it exists, is the only realm that is perfect.


Others view evil as a part of the human condition. They explain that humans, at times, can be evil. They maintain that to expect humans to be perfect is an impossibility. They assert that humans have emotions and desires and that oftentimes circumstances lead humans to act in the worst and ignoble ways possible. They argue that even the best and nicest of humans can act rather insidiously given the opportunity.


Some contend that one may have to do things that are somewhat reprehensible to survive in a given society. They assert to act otherwise would seriously one's standing in such a given society. They maintain that in order to be seen as strong and to be respected, even survive, one must exhibit a side of oneself that in other circumstances might be considered to be evil.


There are others who have an extremely dismal and bleak view of what evil is. They assert that the natural state of the world is evil and corrupt. They indicate that it follows that humankind is similarly evil and corrupt. They explain that because of the downfall of the natural world from its perfect state, it is inherently evil. They further maintain that since humankind reflects this natural world, it is also inherently evil.


They staunchly contend that given the state of humankind, there is no such thing as a good human being. According to them, all human beings are evil in one form or another and in varying degrees. They state that this is inevitable given the high level of immorality of human beings.


They furthermore see no hope in human beings changing their evil ways and remedying evil in the world. In fact, they see human beings and society becoming more evil, corrupt, and dissolute with each new era and period. They believe that the only way evil can be countered is for the world to be destroyed in order to start anew with a clean slate.



Some people insist that intelligent, mature people ought to know to pick goodness over evil.  They contend that  people make the CHOICE to be evil rather than to take the difficult road to be good. They state that society makes evil attractive.
Some people insist that intelligent, mature people ought to know to pick goodness over evil. They contend that people make the CHOICE to be evil rather than to take the difficult road to be good. They state that society makes evil attractive.
There are those who state that it requires a high level of maturity to be willing to do the right thing psychologically, psychically, & spirituality.  They contend that it is the immature & less evolved person who chooses EVIL over good.
There are those who state that it requires a high level of maturity to be willing to do the right thing psychologically, psychically, & spirituality. They contend that it is the immature & less evolved person who chooses EVIL over good.
There are people who insist that the prevailing social consensus that evil is an inevitable condition is a cop out.To them,each person has to be accountable &responsible for his/her actions,remedying his/her evil actions, changing for the GOOD.
There are people who insist that the prevailing social consensus that evil is an inevitable condition is a cop out.To them,each person has to be accountable &responsible for his/her actions,remedying his/her evil actions, changing for the GOOD.
Yes, there are some people who deem evil AVOIDABLE.They contend that one doesn't have to evil at all.They maintain that it is better psychologically,even physically to be good.  They assert that being there's a penalty for being evil sooner or LATER.
Yes, there are some people who deem evil AVOIDABLE.They contend that one doesn't have to evil at all.They maintain that it is better psychologically,even physically to be good. They assert that being there's a penalty for being evil sooner or LATER.
They refuse to abide by the paradigm that evil is part of human nature. They contend that people are stronger & better persons morally than they give themselves credit for. They see the old paradigm as DESTRUCTIVE & DEMORALIZING.
They refuse to abide by the paradigm that evil is part of human nature. They contend that people are stronger & better persons morally than they give themselves credit for. They see the old paradigm as DESTRUCTIVE & DEMORALIZING.
They believe that people have the capacity to be THEIR BEST selves when they discard the old paradigm of evil being the human condition, introspecting & eventually accessing their higher levels.
They believe that people have the capacity to be THEIR BEST selves when they discard the old paradigm of evil being the human condition, introspecting & eventually accessing their higher levels.

Evil.......................a Choice



Many contend that intelligent people who know the difference between right and wrong do not have to choose evil. They contend that people become evil because they prefer to take the easier than the more difficult choice to be the best person that they could be morally, psychologically, psychically, and spiritually. They strongly maintain that society makes evil and other negative behaviors attractive and easy to undertake.



They further assert that it takes a level of maturity to choose good over evil. They argue that it is usually the immature and less evolved person who sees the allure and attraction of evil. They also state that it takes a psychologically weak person to choose evil over good. They maintain that the person who knowingly choose evil will pay for it sooner or later in one form or another as the detriments outweigh the benefits.



They also refuse to conform to the prevailing social consensus that evil is part of the human condition. They maintain that each person has the responsibility and an obligation to be good. To them, the belief that evil is an integral and inevitable part of humankind is nothing but a lame excuse that prevents people from evolving and developing into their most positive selves. They maintain that each person must take the responsibility and be accountable for their actions. They also state that if such actions are less than positive, then it is up to the person to remedy such evil actions.



To some people, evil is not only a choice but avoidable. They staunchly aver that no one has to be evil. They maintain that it takes a high percentage of fortitude and willpower to choose good over evil. They also state that being good is better for a person emotionally, mentally, physically, even psychically than to be evil.


They further assert that people are better and stronger morally than they realize. In their estimation, it is not difficult being good at all. They even maintain that people, through their negative conditioning, feel that being evil and more negative is a normative condition. They contend that people adhered to a certain paradigm which dictated that being evil is quite a normal lifestyle and oftentimes one is bad, even evil more so that he/she is good.


They refute such a paradigm, believing such to be destructive and dismissive of humankind. They strongly aver that evil is nothing but a diseased belief and condition plaguing humankind. They believe that humankind has fallen for this paradigm much to its psychological and psychic detriment. They believe that humankind can avoid evil only if it is fearless enough and willing to access their higher and/or more positive levels, embracing them.


Evil is a subject of much contention. Some see it as a separation from God while others perceive it as n inevitable & integral part of life. Still some view it as a CHOICE while there are more who see it as AVOIDABLE.
Evil is a subject of much contention. Some see it as a separation from God while others perceive it as n inevitable & integral part of life. Still some view it as a CHOICE while there are more who see it as AVOIDABLE.

Conclusion

Evil is a controversial subject in addition to be a subject of great contention. Some see evil as a separation from God and/or a higher level of consciousness and awareness. More view evil as an inevitable and integral part of life and being human. Others perceive evil to be a choice that one has to make and to take responsibility for. Still there are those who view evil as destructive and part of an old paradigm in addition to seeing it as something to be totally avoided and unnecessary.

© 2014 Grace Marguerite Williams

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CyberShelley 2 years ago

My tiny thought is that the true malevolence of evil is mental aberration and certainly not a natural human state. And then I think of the atrocities committed in wars and wonder if nearly a whole race of people can be antisocial psychotics?


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Yes, in a few causes evil can be a mental aberration. Of course, evil is not a natural human state but a severely flawed one. Evil is a mistake; it is also a chasm, a severe separation from higher states of consciousness. Evil is a manifestation of lower states of consciousness. Thank you for stopping by and for your response.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

This is a pretty thorough dissertation of evil. What do you think of Wiccans who don't believe in the devil and don't believe that evil exists, but that all is a part of a life cycle and ultimately natural?

I personally like the way M. Scott Peck defined evil in his book, "People of the lie." He said that evil is not characterized by doing bad things. Instead, evil is living a lie. To elucidate, he says evil people don't acknowledge their deeds as evil, but as justifiable. For instance, Hitler's dream to create a perfect human civilization became his personal justification for the evil that he did. He lived a lie, by creating a belief and a vision that justified the means of its achievement.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Great analytical response, thank you for stopping by and adding to the discussion.


Rigal Terra 2 years ago

Good and evil are arbitrary opinions from the imaginations of the particular homo sapiens making the claim. This is demonstrable in that the author supports abortion, yet others consider it the most grave evil facing the world today, and indistinguishable from infanticide.

This is fine and takes nothing away from condemning what you don't like and find evil, but the point is good and evil are not objective as long as all minds do not agree. If any mind disagrees then it is subjective by definition. Further, it doesn't change anything if the ones disagreeing are irrational.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

You have shared an interesting insight to evil always a thought provoking from you.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

DDE, thank you for stopping by and adding to the discussion. It is immensely appreciated in kind.


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Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I see good and evil as an opinion, a judgement call. Fire is good if it is used to warm our home or our food. Fire is evil if it destroys. But the truth is that fire is neither good nor evil, it just is. Someone has to assign it the good or evil label based on their opinions of what is happening.

I just can't see 'evil' as an entity. People say that psychopaths are evil as are the cruel and inhuman things they do. But to them, it is a natural behavior. Animals kill for food, sometimes for dominance. Are they evil? No, they are just doing what their nature tells them to do.

This does not mean that I advocate allowing psychopaths to 'do their thing'! It is in our nature to be repulsed by these things and they should be stopped. Perhaps an evolution will some day take the "evil" out of us, but until then, it's up to us 'normals' to manage things.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Excellent,analytical response. Thank you for stopping by and responding.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Very deep and thought-provoking piece of work, Grace. "Evil" is another one of those topics that can initiate UNENDING discussion.....which of course, is "good." Intelligent and respectful debate is a wonderful activity for learning, ...which is also "good." (and YOU are a "good" girl for knowing when not to bite!...wink)

Nothing evil here!! Thanks for this insightful lesson....UP+++


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Thank you for your comments. It is greatly appreciated in kind.


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Ramiro Ruiz 2 years ago from Houston, Tx

I read the title and felt the need express my opinion in this one. I believe the only way to describe evil in the human mind is when a troubled victim can't take it, begins to break down mentally and so the demons on this earth begin to penetrate the weak conscious thus taking over you.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

That's another way of seeing evil. Thank you for coming by and contributing to the discussion.


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

humans are evil and cotaminated from satan, up to us to decide to judge


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ahorseback 24 months ago

It appears that you are a thinker ! That's a great thing , I have seen evil in those of poverty and in the well to do just as equally . I have witness god like goodness in a poor , simple minded street person . And pure evil in an" intelligent " successful business man . It's in all of us I fear , right down the middle of the heart . Awesome hub!.........Ed


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gmwilliams 24 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Thank you for your comments. One has to THINK, not merely be a mindless follower, in order to be ALIVE. THINK, BE DIFFERENT, MAKE A MARK are my mottos.

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