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Posted 8/9/13
Evil is a subjective term. It's difficult to define what is evil and what is not. For example, killing people is considered evil and is frowned upon

in society, yet we send young men to kill in other countries while praising them as heroes. We also kill animals, yet we say it is necessary

for survival. There is no way to say whether something is truly evil or not.
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kakashi2 wrote:

what the title says
Does Evil exist?
“Evil is nothing but a word, an objectification where no objectification is necessary. Cast aside this notion of some external agency as the source of inconceivable inhumanity - the sad truth is our possession of an innate proclivity towards indifference, towards deliberate denial of mercy, towards disengaging all that is moral within us.
But if that is too dire , let's call it evil. And paint it with fire and venom.”
― Steven Erikson,


EVIL

That which results in pain, sorrow, or distress. In order to convey the correct thought in English, the very comprehensive Hebrew word raʽ is variously translated as “bad,” “gloomy,” “ugly,” “evil,” “calamitous,” “malignant,” “ungenerous,” and “envious,” depending upon the context. (Ge 2:9; 40:7; 41:3; Ex 33:4; De 6:22; 28:35; Pr 23:6; 28:22) The Greek word ka·kos′ may be defined as that which is (1) morally evil and (2) destructive; among the ways it has been translated are: “bad,” “evil,” “hurtful,” “injurious,” “wrong.” (Ro 7:19; 12:17; Col 3:5; Tit 1:12; Heb 5:14) The Hebrew verb qa·lal′ means “call down evil upon.”—See MALEDICTION.

As first used in the Scriptures, the word raʽ is the very antithesis of good. Adam was commanded not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and bad (raʽ) and was also warned of the consequences for disobedience. Hence, it is evident that God sets the standard as to what is good and what is bad; it is not within man’s prerogative to do so apart from God. Although Adam transgressed God’s express law, this transgression is not chargeable to Jehovah, “for with evil things [form of ka·kos′] God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone. But each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire.”—Jas 1:13, 14; Ge 2:16, 17; 3:17-19.

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Posted 8/18/13
It is because there are morals and laws, that evil exists.
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It ultimately depends on what your definitions are. If you are religious, then evil generally tends to be all things that are opposed to the god(s) you believe in. If you are atheist, or agnostic, your morals are self developed, and then evil is everything that goes against those morals. Without the morals and assumption that there are things which are "good," evil cannot exist.
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Evil is a completely subjective concept.

I don't expect anyone to have the same ideas about it that I do.

That said, we all share this planet, and just because you might not think something is "evil" or "wrong", it doesn't mean you shouldn't respect others thoughts on that.
e.g., it is generally accepted that pedophilia is evil. If you don't agree with this, you should still probably not commit acts of pedophilia. If you choose to, you must acknowledge that you are putting yourself at the mercy of everyone who would have you hang for committing an act of evil. Now, If you don't care about the consequences, you basically have no business as a member of society in the first place (which you have to be. Sorry... not a choice.)

tl;dr

Evil is a completely subjective concept.
...still, respect others, dummy.
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Evil is the absence of empathy, compassion, emotion ... Kyubey from Madoka Magica is a great example of evil.

Sentient machines that do not simulate these would also be "evil" by this definition.
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Posted 8/21/13
Quote Richard Ramirez: "We are all evil"
Posted 8/21/13 , edited 8/21/13
I define evil as something intentionally done to harm others or one's self. No, I don't believe that people hurt intentionally. I currently believe that ignorance is the source of all wrongdoing. However, WHY we do what we do when we're ignorant may be questionable. Either way, I think to call something "evil" is just as "evil" as anything you're accusing.
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EVIL

That which results in pain, sorrow, or distress. In order to convey the correct thought in English, the very comprehensive Hebrew word raʽ is variously translated as “bad,” “gloomy,” “ugly,” “evil,” “calamitous,” “malignant,” “ungenerous,” and “envious,” depending upon the context. (Ge 2:9; 40:7; 41:3; Ex 33:4; De 6:22; 28:35; Pr 23:6; 28:22) The Greek word ka·kos′ may be defined as that which is (1) morally evil and (2) destructive; among the ways it has been translated are: “bad,” “evil,” “hurtful,” “injurious,” “wrong.” (Ro 7:19; 12:17; Col 3:5; Tit 1:12; Heb 5:14) The Hebrew verb qa·lal′ means “call down evil upon.”—See MALEDICTION.

As first used in the Scriptures, the word raʽ is the very antithesis of good. Adam was commanded not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and bad (raʽ) and was also warned of the consequences for disobedience. Hence, it is evident that God sets the standard as to what is good and what is bad; it is not within man’s prerogative to do so apart from God. Although Adam transgressed God’s express law, this transgression is not chargeable to Jehovah, “for with evil things [form of ka·kos′] God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone. But each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire.”—Jas 1:13, 14; Ge 2:16, 17; 3:17-19.
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I don't think evil exists. There is only bad, whihc is good clouded by misfortune, hatred, sadness, pain and darkness. Its when people lose sight on what is important and unique to themselves.They should battle through it as it is only they who could defeat that storm
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I feel like people create evil- sometimes on purpose and someomes without trying. It's a creation made by humanity; If you didn't have evil, we wouldn't have the concept of good. Everything would be neutral.
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Posted 8/23/13
yes
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Posted 8/23/13
Evil (and good) exist based on moral perceptions. As others have stated, it is completely subjective.

Evil does exist, it just happens to have a varied form based on morality.
Posted 8/23/13
Evil exists because we made a list of all the things we decided to label as "good."


iblessall wrote:

As a writer, I deeply and strongly object to the notion that words are just labels applied by humans and that words mean nothing. If words mean nothing, then we might as well shut down the Crunchyroll forums now, quit writing books, speaking or otherwise using language.

Words mean things.

End of the story.

As for a just war theory, the Catholic Church has a very good one: http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s2c2a5.htm Section 2309.


Man created language to make make sense of his surroundings and express his own abstract thoughts and feelings. Words take what meaning man decides to give them because by themselves, words are simply letters strung together -- random scribbles on paper. That's just how language works.

Although I have to admit that I kind of like that romanticized point-of-view. I recon this world will be much different if that were truly the case.
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Posted 10/24/13
of course look at Gloria Steinem and all the ilk that came after.
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