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Posted 10/24/13
I personally believe in good and evil in a subjective sense, but don't think anything is objectively good or evil.
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Posted 10/24/13
Evil only exists in the eyes of those who do not side with that person. A person who saves puppies and walks grandmothers across the street is just as likely to be considered evil as someone who is like Jeffrey Dahmer or Charles Manson.
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Posted 10/25/13
Yes. But everything is relevant, depending on from what perspective you percieve it.
And everyone will claim that their way of seeing it is the "correct" way of seeing it.
Posted 10/25/13
Fear me, hate me, cast me out, torture me, kill me. I deserve it, because I'm evil. On what accounts? Any number of vague reasons. And when you fear me, hate me, cast me out, torture me, kill me, because I deserve it, because I'm evil------- you're the good one.
Posted 10/26/13 , edited 10/26/13
I agree with Syndicaidramon

"The first dangerous mistake the average person makes is the assumption that “evil” is a kind of subjective or “gray” concept. We would love to believe that all destructive and malicious behavior is merely a product of bad environment, bad upbringing, or mental psychosis. Deviance in the name of misguided “profit” or “status” is often more acceptable to the public; as long as there is a reason we can easily understand and grasp. What frightens the average American today is not the abhorrent action of criminality; rather, it is criminality without easily definable reason. What frightens the common citizen is the possibility that some people hurt others not because mommy and daddy “mistreated” them, or because they have a psychological deficiency that clouds their judgment, but because they fully and consciously ENJOY doing what they do. Our society is desperate to make excuses for the monsters of our era, perhaps because we would rather not entertain the possibility that there is a dark side to humanity as a whole, that if left unchecked, could take control in a deliberate and calculated way.

This is why the greatest crimes of our time often go ignored by the public. The idea, for instance, that international financiers and political elites would purposely create economic disparity, social chaos, and global war out of a desire for centralized power and a disturbed sense of superiority is simply too much for many to handle. Surely, these terrible events throughout our modern history are merely the result of random coincidence and human error…right?

Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, the majority of catastrophic cultural policies and tragedies can be traced directly back to a particular subset of people, who use their positions of influence for ill purpose, and knowingly engineer calamity not just for personal gain, but the gain of their “social class”.



http://alt-market.com/articles/1348-global-elitism-the-character-traits-of-truly-evil-people
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Posted 10/27/13
Are you serious? just look at this world
get out from under that rock while you're at it
Posted 10/27/13
If they don't like animals
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Posted 11/10/13
What is Evil? Evil is a parasite that perverts Good. Any thing that is Good has an Evil counterpart, because Evil corrupts what is Good, but alas Good also purges Evil.
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Posted 11/18/13

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,


The hell is the fellow on about?

Many people have tried to define Evil as some sort of negative, some non-entity, as opposed to this thing called the 'Good', Augustine and Aquinas, for example, claiming that Evil is just a privation and absence of Good, but, as Schopenhauer points out in an essay, harm, pain, and suffering are exactly what is positive, and we describe pleasure as the absence of these discomfortures.

He says that 'evil' is just a name for our proclivity towards indifference- the holocaust was not indifferent, was not a 'deliberate denial of mercy', it was an actual committment to harming and hurting.

There is nothing more odious and offensive than to describe evil as a non-entity, even if it is in service of some sort of pseudo-philosophy.

The only way to deny the existence of evil is to throw out morality altogether- what is evil and what is good is only relative to us, what harm us is evil, what produces pleasure for us is good.

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Posted 11/18/13
Like Armin Says in AOT

A good person? Well... I don't really like that term. Because to me, it just seems to mean someone who's good FOR you. And I don't think there's any one person who's good for everyone. So if you don't help me... then, to me, you're a bad person, right? — Armin Arlert
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Posted 11/18/13 , edited 11/18/13
Albert Einstein once said, "There is no such thing as evil...Only the lack of God in one's life".

But in my opinion, no one does anything unless they believe it to be doing good. Hitler thought he was doing good. Bin Laden thought he was doing good. Et cetera. Only mentally ill or insane people do things that they know is wrong, which could be the closest thing to evil I can think of.
Evil is best described as the opposing concept to your own, the one you believe to be wrong or immoral.
Posted 11/23/13 , edited 11/23/13
What good guys view as evil (The Dog Shit Girl - Part 1).

What villains view as evil (The Dog Shit Girl - Part 2).

The sad part is that the story above actually happened.

Evil is a subjective term used to describe anything that you do not tolerate yourself, and think that others should not tolerate either. It is often proclaimed before or after the phrase "He got what he deserved," and is usually uttered by self-righteous sods to justify their actions (View Police Street Justice in action, and read a few of the YouTube comments there to get the gist of what I'm referring to). Another example of this kind of justice, of this "good conquers evil" concept, is something that happened in Madagascar not long ago, where a little village turned on and burned two tourists because they thought that they had done something bad. In some cases, when these "normal people" perform witch hunts to purify evil they execute the wrong man, but that's ok, because "We thought it was him." And even when they do get the right man, which they rarely do, there is no attempt to try to understand how this person became to be, or why this person did the things he did. The only thought that these "normal" people, these "good guys" have in mind, is to destroy this "evil" before it destroys them. And it always helps to add a lot of hatred and violence when you claim to know what evil is, because that will assure you that you are one of the good guys, that is of course as long if the mob that you adhere to think the same as you.
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Posted 11/26/13
The term "evil" is all based on perception.
So long as humans exist, evil will be known.
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Posted 11/27/13
Yes, the mere fact that you know about the word "evil" and have an attached, abstract meaning and/or conceptualization of it means that it exists, at least in your mind. Evil exists outside of the mind subjectively; it depends on how people define it.

The only time evil probably does not exist is when a person does not know what the word means or when that person has not experienced evil or something similar. A baby, toddler, or young child don't know what evil is and so evil, per se, does not exist to them. Evil might be known as other words (e.g. mean, rude, bad, wrong, etc.) though, but is that really evil? I suppose it really depends on how those young humans eventually define evil if ever.
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