Would 'Good' exist if there was no such thing as 'Evil'?

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  1. securityproducts3 profile image39
    securityproducts3posted 6 years ago

    Would 'Good' exist if there was no such thing as 'Evil'?

  2. PhilosopherPrince profile image87
    PhilosopherPrinceposted 6 years ago

    I think there could be. We could define good without a comparison to evil. In fact, a definition that entirely relied on the concept of evil would be a pretty bad definition. We could just compare degrees of good, i.e. really good, good, kinda good, rather than basing it on evil.

    How about this: what if evil doesn't really exist in our universe but only shades of good! Oh my goodness!

    1. calynbana profile image79
      calynbanaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Child rapist and killer. What shade of good is that? Evil exists.

    2. securityproducts3 profile image39
      securityproducts3posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed!!^^ I believe that good cannot exist without evil. There probably wouldn't even be the word 'good' in our dictionary. If we were, however, able to, "compare degrees of good" then we would not be able to fully appreciate what 'good' is.

    3. Philanthropy2012 profile image84
      Philanthropy2012posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Calynbana, a child rapist and killer's actions would be a very dark shade of gray. The outcomes of that person's actions is that he pleases himself, he feels good, that's a good thing. He got to the good thing in a very bad way, that's a bad thing...

  3. DDE profile image24
    DDEposted 6 years ago

    There has to good and bad in existence or else you will never know the difference. One must experience a bit of each in their lives to know their correct choices

  4. Philanthropy2012 profile image84
    Philanthropy2012posted 6 years ago

    Most people are completely ignorant when they think of good and evil.

    They immediately assume that what we have is duality.

    But good would exist without evil because there would still be such a thing known as neutrality - there are three shades and good would be compared to neutral and subsequently recognised as good.

    1. securityproducts3 profile image39
      securityproducts3posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      But how can something be 'neutral' if there are not two sides (good and evil) to be neutral to? The definition of neutral is as follows:     Not helping or supporting either of two opposing sides

    2. Philanthropy2012 profile image84
      Philanthropy2012posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      There are different degrees of 'good' which we would still be able to distinguish. Also, without evil neutrality would be the worst action. Feed 10 people good, 20 better, 0 worse. Evil isn't seen in any action but we can tell which is more good.....

  5. FreezeFrame34 profile image73
    FreezeFrame34posted 6 years ago

    I think that "Good" could not exist without "Evil" just as "Evil" could not exist without "Good".

    They balance each other.

    We wouldn't even know the true meaning of something that is good if we never experienced anything bad.

    There can be good that comes from evil and evil that comes from good as well; it all depends on how you look at it.


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