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What do you consider evil?


I could not help but notice that the word "evil" is overused and abused. Evil this, evil that, evil, evil, evil... Do we label things evil because we don't want to think about them, because certain concepts are too complex? For example, I don't believe people are evil, people are people, neither good or bad, they can be both at one time or another. But EVIL? Maybe it's time to pay attention to this loaded word?

 

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    kallini2010 5 years ago

    I think it is a very good, thought-out, well structured and, honestly, welcome answer. Generalized statements like "this is evil" do more harm than good, in my opinion. I agree that awareness is the key to understanding and maybe peace.

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    kallini2010 5 years ago

    Well, better luck next time. It has nothing to do with luck, though, but rather with the lack of our knowledge of psychology, ourselves and our needs. These skills have to be learned. I am still in training.

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    kallini2010 5 years ago

    What do you think about mental illness? If you believe in God, then it is God who chooses who should be afflicted, but isn't it evil/cruel to make people suffer from mental illness?


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    kallini2010 5 years ago

    But it means again that what we call "evil" is simply ignorance (which is sometimes is mixed up with stupidity which is not the same as "ignorance"). The best example is "I can be ..." vs. "I am ...". "I can be a coward at times" vs. "I am a coward


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    ptosis 5 years ago

    But what if God wanted you to murder somebody?


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    kallini2010 5 years ago

    I was afraid that by saying "religion is evil" you are asking for the onslaught from the religious people. But so far, the answers confirm that the word itself is strongly associated with religion.

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    Sid Kemp (SidKemp) 5 years ago

    I would add systemic blindness. Melville's Billy Budd is about this. There is an evil man, but the bureaucracy that allows him to do evil, though lacking intent, is ultimately more evil.

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    kallini2010 5 years ago

    I think it would be interesting to read about psychology of people and about sociology to re-frame thinking about evil and start thinking about the true nature of things. The day when everybody will be loving will never come. It's utopia.

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