Evil hitched a ride on the....RAILROAD, I say, Evil hitched a ride on the...RAAILROAD mama . Evil came a flyin' through my WINDOW, yeah, now, I said evil came flyin' through my WIINDOW, baby! Been a long time at my door, now. Yes, it's been a long time at my door now, daddy. Saw it sneakin' round that corner, the one with that guy named Jack Horner, yeah, and Evil knows my name , yeah, evil knows your name, yeah, EVIL...Knows...Our....NAAAMESS!
Personally I wouldn't call it ignorance, but lack of awareness,(Dark). Awareness/Openmindedness, (Light) yes.
A man who beats his child because that is the only way he has known, may not view it as wrong/bad, because that is how his Dad disciplined him. In his view his Dad did it out of love to make him a better person.
It isn't till he is shown there is another way or shown the effect it might have on a child, and understands it in its entirety, he is more likely to become more aware.
No longer unaware, he is now able to make a choice of how he treats his child.
If he is shown a better way and does not understand he will remain in the shade of darkness till more light is shown.
Do you refrain from the term "ignorance" because of its connotation or because it is actually an inappropriate word for the scenario? I don't mean this antagonistically (mean-spirited) rather rhetorically for the merit of introspection and potential illumination.
Interestingly, this continues to show the subjectivity of moral standpoints on Good/Evil. "It isn't until he is shown-" what would be the threshold that a man raised to believing corporal punishment was good would be convinced that it was lacking "awareness?" Divine intervention? I have a feeling he wouldn't change his colors over a parenting manual, even by a reputable author or child psychologist, as these people often represent "outsiders" or enemies to the inner-family establishment.
But lastly, you make an interesting point. Is evil about what people call "willful ignorance" in most religions this is "simplified" as choosing "evil."
Why would he choose this? It cannot be mere sloth. If he was "shown" it indicates he has a redeemable conscience- thus it is absolutely a willful choice. Evil in this theory would be selecting an improper trauma-inducing path based on what? (Inspiration to perpetuate an unhealthy tradition, often referred to as perversion?)
Thanks for tolerating this, Penny. I didn't respond to this for ego (heh, well not MAINLY anyway...XD ) but because I found your phrasing interesting and actually similar to how I used to think about this. I'm a pretty spiritual guy, too.
Could be I don't know? You decide....for me ignorance brings to mind someone who is ignoring what they know to be true or false. If they don't know I don't view it as ignorance.
There is that which is naturally arising in us that attempts to do away with the false beliefs we are taught. If for you that is divine intervention then yes. Manuals etc may not work either I agree.
Then there may be someone this dude meets that he respects and is more likely to emulate him if what he observes is understood. Perhaps this someone and his way of living is an example of how one does not need to beat their child to mold them (if that is what they are doing) or guide them. In observing that love has other ways of expressing itself that does not require abuse, he has then been shown another way. Whether he understands it that way or not is subjective.
Willful ignorance, (as you term it) then would only apply if he was aware of another way.
The improper trauma-inducing path that you are pointing to, (if I am understanding you correctly) is usually taught. Does not come naturally in my view.
It seems to me that the word evil probably originated with religion, but the concepts behind it didn't. "Wrong", "bad", "cruel"; all the negative actions of mankind have always existed. They are termed "evil" now, but were there with different names prior to organized religion.
A caveman killing his progeny as future competition would have been "evil" to the mother even if she had no words at all!
I think people already know what is right and what is wrong.
Evil is the absence of reason and therefore religion has a lots absence of reasons. Due to the facts and also the lack of diversity in 1000s of other good books and more importantly experiences in life. Many people try to find all their answers in one med evil time’s book
That's because the bible recognized evil, saw evil and explained evil to mankind; who thought evil was just another action that mankind could either do or not do reguardless of the consequences.
evil has bad consequences good sometimes has bad consequences because evil showed up and dissed good.
evil by definition is the enemy of good. Those that do evil persecute those that do good. The evil of muslim is not recognized by muslim but others outside of muslim. The evil of the 'tolerance religion' is not seen by those that are tolerant but by those are intolerant, therefore the intolerant seek after good. Enjoy munching on this.
Hey Duck, you bring up an interesting point of view here and I'm going to broaden it a bit.
Ethics is for businesses and best left to businesses.
Morals are best for the individual. Those who understand their conscience, know what the best morals can be achieved. First you have to get people to accept the concept in it's entirety, and not everyone can wrap their minds around the subject matter. Many people dismiss "good" and "evil" as concepts unproven, because the concepts are simply social behavior. It coincides with those who believe truth is an individual perspective, which it's not.
There is a collective of all knowable knowledge available to the human species and not everyone is in tune with that. Therefore, ignorance tops the scale on being the downfall of humanity, in the end.
Not enough people on the same page. It would be nice if people looked at "good" and "evil" objectively. It might just increase their awareness enough to realize the more life still has to offer them.
That's limited thinking. Black and White is all. The gray area is nothing but subjective garbage to make people second guess themselves. I've put my response to your examples, just to give you the perspective I would think would be the standard for moral right and wrong. I have written a hub about, however, the hub does not address rights issues.
Hey Randy, I would beg to differ with you on this post. Yes, it is true that the human species does indeed live in a duality. However, I can see a world at peace with itself, where evil is barely a blip on the radar screen.
And, possibly even non-existent on the planet. Would evil still exist? Sure, just not on Earth.
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