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Do you deny the existence of evil?
Posted 7/18/15 , edited 7/18/15
This is concerning ethics and morality than belief, and why we need to acknowledge injustice

For all intents and purposes, "evil" is true injustice,

Do you believe in justice?

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F irst, like Bill Maher, Im an apatheist agnostic atheist, meaning don't know and don't care.

So no bullshit about religion and the supernatural, otherwise go to Aiyumega's thread about the Christian devil.

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So this thread is if you think evil of manmade origin exists , how widespread it is, and so forth.

I believe that good and evil lies within us all, and that its essential to find (and maintain) a balance. I also think that every person is capable of both, and that noone is absolutely beyond redemption if they are serious about it. This is also separate from crime, and refers to what lies within our hearts. Most will never change, but it's possible for some.

So what are your thoughts on the existence of evil? Discuss.
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I think all we have to do is look at the serial killers like the angel of death, he killed hundreds of helpless victims in a hospital, I think though even the everyday tasks we complete can become evil, you could be a cheater, you have the power to completely crush someones heart. I think everyone has their own opinion though
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I think all we have to do is look at the serial killers like the angel of death, he killed hundreds of helpless victims in a hospital, I think though even the everyday tasks we complete can become evil, you could be a cheater, you have the power to completely crush someones heart. I think everyone has their own opinion though


I actually agree with the gist of what you are saying, and one of the keys to not being surprised when a person with no history of mental illness does something terrible. It is like blinding onesself to say " oh this person cant do this"
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Evil is nothing more than ignorance. Empathy exists because it points us to the truth of our interconnectedness*. As someone becomes aware of these universal truths, they will naturally gravitate towards goodness in thought and action. An evil person thinks the self begins and ends in the smallest possible sense, they simply fail to realize that family, community, country, and species are all extensions of self.

*While I am spiritual, I believe most of my truths work on a secular level as well. However, I couldn't think of a more secular-sounding synonym for this word. But if you consider our needs of companionship, and to have farmers growing our food, doctors to heal us, etc., we all rely and depend upon each other's exostence.
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cleruninja wrote:

Evil is nothing more than ignorance. Empathy exists because it points us to the truth of our interconnectedness*. As someone becomes aware of these universal truths, they will naturally gravitate towards goodness in thought and action. An evil person thinks the self begins and ends in the smallest possible sense, they simply fail to realize that family, community, country, and species are all extensions of self.

*While I am spiritual, I believe most of my truths work on a secular level as well. However, I couldn't think of a more secular-sounding synonym for this word. But if you consider our needs of companionship, and to have farmers growing our food, doctors to heal us, etc., we all rely and depend upon each other's exostence.


Not just ignorance; an evil person could be completely aware of all of this but will still destroy it all for fun
Posted 7/18/15
It depends on the reward you seek. If it's in your self interest to cause harm or good, you will do it.So yes, nobody is beyond "redemption" provided there is the opportunity to exploit. Good and evil feed off each other and people will want to feel better about themselves and their actions eventually.
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I think it's more of your personal opinions it's more so, what you see as 'evil'. I don't think it can be categorized like how some people see lesbians and gays as evil because of religious reasons(I'm not saying it is and I believe it's okay), I guess it just what you interpret as evil
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I think it's more of your personal opinions it's more so, what you see as 'evil'. I don't think it can be categorized like how some people see lesbians and gays as evil because of religious reasons(I'm not saying it is and I believe it's okay), I guess it just what you interpret as evil




Nope nothing personal, its universally accepted mass murder by shooting up a theater is evil.
Posted 7/18/15

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It depends on the reward you seek. If it's in your self interest to cause harm or good, you will do it.So yes, nobody is beyond "redemption" provided there is the opportunity to exploit. Good and evil feed off each other and people will want to feel better about themselves and their actions eventually.


I seek no reward; redemption wasn't referring to me. Please refrain from getting personal in this thread, people.
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severticas wrote:

It depends on the reward you seek. If it's in your self interest to cause harm or good, you will do it.So yes, nobody is beyond "redemption" provided there is the opportunity to exploit. Good and evil feed off each other and people will want to feel better about themselves and their actions eventually.


I seek no reward; redemption wasn't referring to me. Please refrain from getting personal in this thread, people.


You're mistaken. I was not referring to anyone in particular. Also, a reward is important for the simple reason that risks exists and there being people who will block your path. The victory is in the aftermath.
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LadyofAshes wrote:


severticas wrote:

It depends on the reward you seek. If it's in your self interest to cause harm or good, you will do it.So yes, nobody is beyond "redemption" provided there is the opportunity to exploit. Good and evil feed off each other and people will want to feel better about themselves and their actions eventually.


I seek no reward; redemption wasn't referring to me. Please refrain from getting personal in this thread, people.


You're mistaken. I was not referring to anyone in particular.


Very well.
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I think to say evil doesn't exist is jaded or psychotic

Meaning They live in a textbook and not in the real world

I also think its a real phenomenon and NOT simply just a point of view.

But thanks guys for the feedback, though its hard to read tone.


Any more opinions are welcome and appreciated, too fucking tired to do this right now!
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But you see there are some who just see that as psychotic and don't consider it to be evil.
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Yes, because Materialism. I guess that's the right term. Or maybe it's realism. IDK

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I think Fox news is evil and its sole existence is to create fear and spread lies or prey on the uneducated
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But you see there are some who just see that as psychotic and don't consider it to be evil.


The jury found James Holmes legally sane because he meticulously planned what he did and someone who can premeditatively calculate suvh an act is rational enough to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions. He obviously planned it, and thats what the jury found as well.

But a person who at the time of the offence can't appreciate the wrongfulness of their actions isnt evil, but how accountable, that has to be deyermined by doctors and the court.
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