Evil EXISTS,Believe IT or NOT

Many people staunchly deny that evil exists. They view evil as a remnant of Judeo-Christianity morality with its strict dichotomy of right & wrong. They believe that there are NO strict dichotomies in terms of what is right & what is wrong.
Many people staunchly deny that evil exists. They view evil as a remnant of Judeo-Christianity morality with its strict dichotomy of right & wrong. They believe that there are NO strict dichotomies in terms of what is right & what is wrong.
There are those who feel that evil is too much of a judgmental word.They prefer to rationalize evil, saying that a person is psychopathic or sociopathic.They don't want to face the fact that there are actions, behaviors, & things that are WRONG.
There are those who feel that evil is too much of a judgmental word.They prefer to rationalize evil, saying that a person is psychopathic or sociopathic.They don't want to face the fact that there are actions, behaviors, & things that are WRONG.
To many people, evil is associated with levels of religiosity or religiosity in general. They see evil as what their particular religion considers to be beyond their idea of morality. They simply REFUSE to live by such rigid strictures.
To many people, evil is associated with levels of religiosity or religiosity in general. They see evil as what their particular religion considers to be beyond their idea of morality. They simply REFUSE to live by such rigid strictures.

EVIL is such a JUGDMENTAL Word

In this postmodern society and society, it is very common to argue that there is no such thing as evil. Many people consider evil to be an outmoded concept, even a remnant of Judeo-Christian morality and ethics with its ideology of sin and guilt. Some even insist that the concept of evil is an inherent negative and extremely judgmental one in its contextualities. They assert that intelligent and enlightened people do not use strict dichotomies as far as morality and ethics go. They maintain that morality and ethics are relative and situational. According to them, what is considered evil to one person may be good to another person and vice versa.

Other people adamantly rationalize evil, giving a psychological explanation. They aver that what used to be considered evil is actually a sign of psychosis and/or other forms of mental aberrant behavior. They further explain that what is considered to be evil behavior is actually psychopathic or sociopathic behaviors but NEVER, EVER evil. To such people, evil is too loaded a word; furthermore, it denotes iniquitiousness, unconsionableness, and wrongness regarding certain acts, behaviors, and thoughts. There are people who are quite uncomfortable with the word, they seem quite wary of saying it as it smacks of absolute morality.

Yes, to many people, the concept and idea of evil denotes a level of religiosity. It also reminds them of a prohibitive ethical system that stresses only one acceptable form of belief and lifestyle. To them, evil as taught in many religions means to live a life contrary to the teachings of those religions which they find as psychologically stifling. They also feel that what many religions perceive as evil is a normative and exciting aspect of life. They further maintain that some religions even see humanness as evil which they find to be totally pathological, even schizophrenic in its very premise. They see the concept of evil as heinous one which is detrimental to human growth and development in addition to experiencing the joys of life. They contend that life is beyond good and evil which they feel to be atavistic and damaging concepts psychologically.

Evil is what is DEVOID of good. It's an absolute unconscionableness.  It's a total lack of remorse & a sense of conscience. It's abject soullessness. Many psychologists & psychiatrists see evil as an mental aberration.
Evil is what is DEVOID of good. It's an absolute unconscionableness. It's a total lack of remorse & a sense of conscience. It's abject soullessness. Many psychologists & psychiatrists see evil as an mental aberration.
Many religionists & spiritualists view evil as relishing the act of wrongdoing. They also see evil as people descending to the lowest & basest aspects of their natures. A few see evil as the lowest calibre of human consciousness.
Many religionists & spiritualists view evil as relishing the act of wrongdoing. They also see evil as people descending to the lowest & basest aspects of their natures. A few see evil as the lowest calibre of human consciousness.
Evil is often seen as the worst state of imperfection.It's imperfection in its most abysmal state.It's the state of being debased & fallen.It's sin of the most moral, heinous,& damnable kind.It's is as far away from God consciousness as possible.
Evil is often seen as the worst state of imperfection.It's imperfection in its most abysmal state.It's the state of being debased & fallen.It's sin of the most moral, heinous,& damnable kind.It's is as far away from God consciousness as possible.
Evil is willingly committing acts which results in the demoralization of others.It's being unconcerned with how others are affected by one's acts &/or behaviors. It's abusing, bullying, &/or dominating others, diminishing their sense of self.
Evil is willingly committing acts which results in the demoralization of others.It's being unconcerned with how others are affected by one's acts &/or behaviors. It's abusing, bullying, &/or dominating others, diminishing their sense of self.
Evil is knowingly diminishing others' self-esteem & self-worth. It's exploiting & otherwise using others for one's ultimate satisfaction. It's viewing others as mere pawns & cogs for one's  benefit. In essence,evil is the UTTER disregard for others.
Evil is knowingly diminishing others' self-esteem & self-worth. It's exploiting & otherwise using others for one's ultimate satisfaction. It's viewing others as mere pawns & cogs for one's benefit. In essence,evil is the UTTER disregard for others.

What is ......EVIL

Evil is being totally devoid of good. It is a resolute and absolute unconscionableness in addition to having a lack of utter remorse. It is soulless and without a sense of conscience and humaneness. Many psychologists and psychiatrists would say that evil is some type of aberrant mental disorder. They further elucidate that what was thought of as evil in the old sense is now considered to be psychopathic or sociopathic.

Many religionists, philosophers, and non-traditionalist spiritualists strongly maintain that evil is bad magnified. It is beyond bad, it is the sense of utter moral depravity. It is relishing wrongness in action, thought, and/or deed. It is descending to the lower levels of one's consciousness. It is being at the lowest common denominator as far as character and/or morality goes. Some religionists would equate evil with sins of the worst, abominable, mortal, and damning natures. Evil is what is considered by many people to be the complete inverse and total opposite to what is moral and correct in the universe. They see evil as a disease and sickness in the human character and/or condition.

To many, evil is the worst of imperfection. It is the imperfect state in its most abject and abysmal form. It can even be classified as beyond imperfection. It is what is utterly debased and fallen. It is the darkest nature of humankind. There are people who believe that it is far easier for humankind to be evil than it is to be good. Evil is oh so easy as it means following and succumbing to one's most primitive and baser instincts whereas good means sacrificing and subverting the baser instincts to a higher, more elevated level of consciousness. In terms of religion and spirituality, evil is diametrically opposed to the God or Universal consciousness.

Evil is willingly committing acts that debase, dehumanize, and demoralize others. It is being unwilling to consider what effect one's acts and/or behaviors have upon others. It is always putting one's self-interest first and foremost to the blatant and utter disregard of others. It is not allowing others to exercise their right to individual self-determination and autonomy. It is relentlessly abusing, bullying, and/or dominating others.

Evil is knowingly diminishing others' self-esteem and other ways of self-worth. It is denying people opportunities for advancement and/or betterment. It is being uncaring for the welfare of others. It is exploiting and using others for one's ultimate gain and/or satisfaction. It is viewing others as pawns for one's own advancement and/or benefit. It is knowing better yet continuing to act irresponsibly and unthinkingly. It is having the means available to live in a more constructive way yet deciding to live in ways that are not conducive, even highly destructive.

There are varying school of thought regarding evil. There are religionists who strongly assert that humankind is inherently evil ,being born in original sin.They AREN'T the only ones,others feel that some are genetically predisposed to being evil.
There are varying school of thought regarding evil. There are religionists who strongly assert that humankind is inherently evil ,being born in original sin.They AREN'T the only ones,others feel that some are genetically predisposed to being evil.
There are people who vehemently refute that people are inherently evil. They believe that people become evil based on upbringing or lack of, peer associations &/or other influential factors. Many people become evil due to environmental factors.
There are people who vehemently refute that people are inherently evil. They believe that people become evil based on upbringing or lack of, peer associations &/or other influential factors. Many people become evil due to environmental factors.
Yes, there are people who lean towards being evil.Their evilness lies dormant until the opportune time occurs &/or situations & circumstances warrant the manifestation of their evil personalities.
Yes, there are people who lean towards being evil.Their evilness lies dormant until the opportune time occurs &/or situations & circumstances warrant the manifestation of their evil personalities.
There are people who seem to be inherently evil although it is politically incorrect to say so. These are soulless & consciousless don't  have the normal concept of what's right & wrong. One can describe them as totally amoral.
There are people who seem to be inherently evil although it is politically incorrect to say so. These are soulless & consciousless don't have the normal concept of what's right & wrong. One can describe them as totally amoral.
Some evil people are predators. Other people are nothing but meat to be devoured.They aren't above exploiting, using, &/or otherwise taking advantage of the more vulnerable They have no sympathy for the latter, feeling that they DESERVE it!
Some evil people are predators. Other people are nothing but meat to be devoured.They aren't above exploiting, using, &/or otherwise taking advantage of the more vulnerable They have no sympathy for the latter, feeling that they DESERVE it!
There are those who become evil in order to establish preeminence & dominance. They feel that in their environment, being nice does not cut it. They contend that in order to get noticed & respected, they must become evil.
There are those who become evil in order to establish preeminence & dominance. They feel that in their environment, being nice does not cut it. They contend that in order to get noticed & respected, they must become evil.
For a few, it's either become evil or be further in abject exploitation & further disrespect. They are at THE BOTTOM.This is a choiceless choice. They must become evil to obtain even the slightest of respect & dignity.
For a few, it's either become evil or be further in abject exploitation & further disrespect. They are at THE BOTTOM.This is a choiceless choice. They must become evil to obtain even the slightest of respect & dignity.
There are those who become evil as a result of their harsh environment & the abuse they suffered at the hands of their family.  They have been so ill-treated that they snap & return the treatment that they have received.
There are those who become evil as a result of their harsh environment & the abuse they suffered at the hands of their family. They have been so ill-treated that they snap & return the treatment that they have received.

EVIL......... Is it BORN or Is IT MADE

Many people, of course, refute that people are born evil. They staunchly contend that people learn to be evil though upbringing or lack of in the familial environment. There are also other factors that causes people to be evil. It can be through associations with the wrong peers, life circumstances, neighborhood influences, bullying, and/or other related factors. There are people become evil in order to survive a tough and/or less than welcoming environment.

However, despite pundits who maintain that people are not naturally evil, there are people who lean towards evil. Their evil personality oftentimes lies dormant, surfacing when the opportune time comes and/or when situations and circumstances occur. For example, there are children born into the very best of circumstances and the most loving of parents yet they relentlessly bully other children. There is something about the latter which brings out the worst in the former's natures, whether it is the latter's physical characteristics, personality, and/or other variables. They actually enjoy the act of bullying other children as it gives them a visceral thrill and a sense of utter and unabashed power. In their eyes, other children are just mere pawns and objects to exploit for their benefit. The abuse and demoralization of the victims mean absolutely nothing to these bullies. The victims are NOTHING as far as they are concerned.

While many people deny it or deem it to be politically incorrect or in the very least judgmental, there are people who seem to be inherently evil. To such people, being evil as natural as being good is to most people. These people may be classified as sociopathic, even psychopathic by psychologists and psychiatrists; however, these people are consciousless and utter remorseless. These are the children who torture innocent animals. They also have no compunction regarding hurting other children. As adults, their behavior becomes even more unconscionable. To many of them, there is no act too debased or too evil to perform and/or inflict. Some people may say that they do not possess the normal concept of knowing right from wrong. Others maintain that they are completely amoral regarding their actions and/or behavior.

Then there are those who are predators. They got a visceral rush on preying on those whom they consider to be more vulnerable physically, emotionally, mentally, and/or psychologically. They feel that the more vulnerable are weaklings and get what they deserve. They have no sympathy at for the more vulnerable, they considered them as meat to be devoured. These people think of nothing to use and exploit others. They believe in the philosophy the survival of the fittest or the most cunning. They consider themselves to be at the top of their respective pecking order and those at the bottom only deserve their most utter contempt and they can treat the latter as they please.

There are some people who becoming evil as a way of establishing preeminence and dominance within their respective environment. They were not evil to begin with but in their respective environment, they learn that being nice will not get them the respect they deserve. In fact, being nice will cause them to be disrespected even more. So they learn to be evil to gain preeminence and dominance. Some become evil to gain what little respect there is.

For a few, it is either become evil or be further disrespected or exploited. They see becoming evil as a choiceless choice. In their eyes, they must either become evil or they will sink further into a further abject state. They are already at the bottom of their respective pecking order. They are already exploited beyond human endurance. They believe that in order to gain respect, even a modicum, they must become evil as they have no other viable alternative or choice in the matter.

There are those who become evil in response to their harsh environment and the way they are treated. Remember the adage that people become what they live and how they are treated. There are people who grow up in harsh, even abysmal negative environments. There are some who grow up in hellish familial environments where they are abused physically, emotionally, psychologically, and/or in other ways. They are so downtrodden and sick of the inhumane treatment, so they snap and return the treatment they have received in kind.

Evil is a loaded word to many people as it smacks of moral absolutism & isn't deemed politically correct. It is has strong dichotomous religious connotatons.. Many people prefer less absolute & more politically correct words for evil.
Evil is a loaded word to many people as it smacks of moral absolutism & isn't deemed politically correct. It is has strong dichotomous religious connotatons.. Many people prefer less absolute & more politically correct words for evil.
Evil, unfortunately DOES exist. We must accept it, be forever vigilant against it. We also must oppose & fight it in all its forms, eventually eradicating it from our midsts.
Evil, unfortunately DOES exist. We must accept it, be forever vigilant against it. We also must oppose & fight it in all its forms, eventually eradicating it from our midsts.

Conclusion

In summation, the word evil is a loaded word. Many people are loathe to use the word because of its religious connotation. They also see evil as a representation of moral absolutes and strict moral dichotomies. They further believe that evil is such a judgmental word. They would rather explain evil, citing a more politically correct, enlightened, and more relevant word such as psychopathic and/or sociopathic. In their minds, such words have a less negative, less religious connotation than the word evil. There are others who strongly avow that evil is part of the religious dogma of sin and guilt. They feel that according to such religions, there is only one legitimate way of life and anything.

No matter how hard people may try to deny it or use more appropriate synonyms, evil does exist in its myriad forms. Some people seem to be inherently evil, even genetically predisposed. Others are evil because of their environment while there are a few who lean towards evil, their evil side lying dormant until the opportune moment &/or circumstances occur. Many are proactively evil while others are evil in response to their environment or for basic survival. Yes, evil exists. We must recognize and be forever vigilant in order to fight it, implementing steps to stop and eventually eradicate it.

© 2013 Grace Marguerite Williams

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

I believe all are born neutral and it's what we are destined to become that we are. When we speak of nurturance I don't quite believe in that. There are many evil people known as psychopaths who were nurtured to be good people. They were just evil regardless of loving parents. On the other hand there are people who grew up with evil parents who turned out to be quite the opposite.

I strongly believe destiny plays a very important role...though, destiny itself can be changed. We are all responsible for our own destiny and the choices we make. Someone can only convince me that evil is a mental disorder when the person had no choice in the matter. If the actions were out of their control. So long as a choice was made there is no reasonable explanation for mental disorder.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Cardisa, I find your response to be quite eloquent. Each person has a different analysis and interpretation as to what is considered evil. Again, thank you for reading and responding.


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cheaptrick 3 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Long ago I read a book by Scott Peck titled People of the lie;It has an interesting take on the subject of evil...worth a look if you haven't.

I've long suspected that evil is an element which(under certain conditions)condenses into physical manifestation then dissipates...a bit like fog or water condensation.

Take the case of a fourteen year old boy,the perfect child,who murders his entire family then has no recollection of the act and maintains his innocent personality afterwards...curious to say the least.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

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tbHistorian 3 years ago

The dictionary defines evil as - profoundly immoral and malevolent.

The dictionary defines immoral as - not conforming to accepted standards of morality.

The dictionary defines malevolent as - having or showing a wish to do evil to others.

Currently, society is filled with individuals that portray these definitions. Some continually elevate their actions extending to a critical depiction of evil.

While some level of evil may be a result of learning, the evil individual must be susceptible to the state of being infected.

This requires that the individual subscribe to immoral and malevolent activity.

Due to the extreme rise of immoral acceptance by many individuals in society today, evil has expanded exponentially in relation to the broadened immoral structure.

History is riddled with many varying periods of mass evil when immoral activity abounds.

During these evil periods, horrendous acts of extermination occur.

While criminal psychologists routinely seek a mental illness pattern as the reason for evil, research of history clearly shows that the rise of acceptance of immoral acts by society members permits the rise of evil.

If evil is to be eliminated, then moral activity must prevail and immoral activity must be diminished.

This requires that society members follow a righteous moral pathway.

Until this is accomplished, evil will exist.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Interesting write. Evil is never strictly absolute. It ranges from petty meanness to violent indifference to human life.

Evil is not naturally inherent in all of us at birth. It can be both a learned behavior and one that is caused by a birth defect in which indifference is part of the general genetic makeup of an individual. Psychopaths and Sociopaths are known to be born with a genetic variance that causes them to have no feelings of remorse, guilt, or empathy toward other people. Many live 'normal' lifestyles and never harm another person, as they are well aware of what society will, or will not, tolerate.

Many people who were severely abused and exploited as children adopt this behavi0r as 'normal' and have no problems with doing to others what was done to them.

There can be evil in the best of people to some degree without it taking over their lives.

Even those who are violently evil have something, or someone that they would never harm for some unknown reason.

It is a very complex subject and can never be defined by the religious versions of a war between good and evil being waged on a continuous basis. It is more a psychological problem, or defect, in humanity itself.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

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betsyred 2 years ago

Excellent and Brilliant article. Seeing evil being acknowledge feels good and right, thank you. If greatness and absolute good exist, so does evil.

Only by accepting its existence without rationalization can't if be fought with full strength and awareness.


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

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Bev 2 years ago

What is almost always avoided in these articles is that what seems to be evil is 99% men and boys. The few girls and women can often be traced back to abuse, but most girls and women have experience serious abuse.

War, torture, rape (including raping to death baby girls and animals), murder, destroying the environment, marking territory with pollution, including radioactive contamination, which is forever, are all or mostly done by men. Even the youngest boys are focused on torturing and killing.

No one wants to talk about it, but it's true and we all do know it.

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