What is the FIRST THING that comes to mind at the mention of the word................EVIL?
Evil is the total opposite of good.
Just as there is good there is the evil.
The one who perfected this choice is written in history as a fallen Angel known by satan as the resister of God. He was not always that way , but he desired to be like God wanting men and women and other angels to give him worship.
He challenge God's right to rule over his own creations and so God allowed the challenge. To settle all doubts. To settle it with allowing live as they wish with out his interference . What results do we have in now is that the world from every corner is in great pain groaning together, what ever you can think of it is ruin. Food ,water. Global warming, animals suffering as well from pollution , death on many levels from contamination of food and water. Crime because of no means to fully satisfy a family so people take .
All is there ,Because of the Evil one and those that give him worship and power.
To me apathy and just failing to act when things are wrong is almost as evil as the evil act you refuse to aknowledge is.
The first thing that comes to my mind at the mention of the word 'evil' is that there is no such thing.
If a baby and a puppy and some kittens are burned to death in a house fire set by an arsonist, we see the arsonist as evil. But in reality, he is a psychopath and something is messed up in his brain. The fire is not evil. Certainly the deaths of the living creatures are not evil in itself because every living thing must eventually die.
The word 'evil' is used to describe something that offends us. But there are many things that can offend a person that are not considered evil. A rotten smell can be described as 'evil', but another person smelling the same thing may not be offended at all, so it is not inherently 'evil'.
The opposite is true for the word 'good'. If something pleases us, it is a 'good' thing, right? But to the arsonist above, he saw his act as a pleasurable thing.
So, to sum up. good and evil are relative. The words are assigned as labels to what makes us feel good or bad. God is 'good' and Satan is 'evil', but not to everyone, so these are just labels applied according to how a person feels.
Feelings are whimsical. They mean different things to different people. What is evil to one person is not necessarily evil to another person. Evil is a label, not an actual THING.
To test this, try to draw a picture of 'evil'. You can only draw what YOU think of as evil. There is no one THING that a picture can be made from. Nothing that everyone in the world will consistently draw a picture of.
Good and evil are judgement calls.
Evil people lack the ability to "empathize" with others and generally do not have any seeds of guilt or remorse within their consciousness.
If one does not feel in anyway connected to the rest of humanity they're capable of displaying pure evil.
Having said that like so many other things "evil" is in the eye of the beholder. Native Americans may have felt the settlers were evil and vice versa. I also believe it's possible to commit (isolated) evil acts but not be evil by nature. In other instances people evolve over time.
"Every Sinner has a future and every Saint has a past."
Oftentimes the person accused of committing evil atrocities generally does not think of him or herself as being "evil". In fact many people might argue that such a person has a "mental disorder" or "illness".
Needless to say none of this matters to the person who was victimized. They along with their loved ones will judge them as evil.
Ignorance. There is no evil, only ignorance. The world is divided between the ignorant and the wise. The honest and the dishonest. No matter what the atrocity, you are looking at a weak, ignorant person who has acted on a certain group of negative thoughts. Many people have negative thoughts every day, but they don't act on them. The ignorant person acts on those thoughts, sometimes consciously and at other times compulsively.
When I hear the word evil, the first thing that comes to mind is that it is the absence of goodness. I take evil in stride to be the same to goodness as dark is to light. One only exists in the absence of the other.
Any organised religion ;-)..................................
Any organized religion does indeed determine what is "evil"!
Thats like sayining anybody that does not believe in God is evil.? When you simply have people who do not know the subject at all ,yet they are not evil, I agree not all religions are true and right ,but there is a truth that is available.
And hopefully, someday we will find that truth.
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word "evil" is that it gives far much credit to what's being described if the object is human or the act of a human.
Evil requires supernatural power, like that found in demons and arch villains in comic books. People have no such powers. We cannot be evil. We are, however, very good at being depraved.
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