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#1 13 years ago

This isn't religious based, just how you as an individual feel about it, no need to go quoting the bible or anything :D . Good and Evil and often based off perception and is heavily influeneced by society, what's evil for one thing, may be simply neccesary for another, or involuntary. An example would be, a kid steps on a bug, therefore to the bug, he is indisputebly evil (who cares if its not sentinent, work with me lol), to the kid, it just happened, to be forgotten within a few moments. So, the question is, where do you draw the line? What do you think defines a "good" act or an "evil" one. I personally think that anything that prevents me from feeling pride when I think of myself (in a good way, not hubris or anything) means that I've done something bad, that's hanging on my conscience. This shouldn't need to be merged with the religious discussion forum.




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#2 13 years ago

Good and evil are very subjective terms used to identify that which certain people or society, based up it's beliefs, laws, customs, etc. consider to be one or the other. Murder or even genocide, in the philosophical and literal sense, are not 'evil' except by human standards which are formed directly from our very nature.

People use their conscience and sense of logic and righeousness to decide, on par with what others think, what is to be considered good or evil (I dislike those terms myself, as they are often too simple and general to be used to describe many situations or actions of others).




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#3 13 years ago

Well, yes, "Good' or "Evil" are rather arbitrary words that imply that the person, event, thing, etc is corrupt beyond belief, or as pure as it is possible to be. Murder is a part of every living thing in nature too as well as humans,who are just the most focused on, because we are humans, but it is overlooked it a tree "murders" another, smaller, growing tree by blocking the sun form reaching it. Society is the main influencer over beliefs of good and evil though. People believe things because everyone else does, and they want it, or fear that it is true.




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#4 13 years ago

"there is no good and evil - only power, and those too weak to seek it."




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#5 13 years ago

I personally, ignore the borders between good and evil, and set my lines with my morality, of which I will abandon if the situation calls for it.




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#6 13 years ago

That's more or less the way that I look at it, with my own set of morals. :nodding:




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#7 13 years ago

Good and Evil are a basic part of Society. Good and Evil exist in all of us, you cannot have good without bad and vice versa. The old Chinese philosphy of Ying and Yang.

But you need a set of morals to set the standards of what good and evil are. Morality varies from society to society.

Some Christians see Muslims as Evil Infidels, but are they? The Muslims dont believe so and in fact some consider Christians to be the evil infidels.

Is a person who kills evil? to take another persons life may or may not be construed as evil.

If someone took a persons life for no other reason than the joy of watching them suffer and die that would be evil.

If a person is dying and is in horrible excruciating pain and you perform a mercy killing at their request to end their suffering is that still evil?

It requires a sense of morals to tell what is right and wrong. Persons who knowingly enjoy committing acts that they know are wrong may be seen as evil.




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#8 13 years ago

Good and evil are not tangible objects. They exist only in our minds. What's evil for one person might be good to another. Take a look at such threads as the 'OMG a tiger was shot!' for local examples. The Aztecs believed that they could gain strength from their defeated enemies by drinking their blood. Something to do with life energies, I'm no expert on the Aztecs so I don't know the reasoning behind it exactly. To them it was perfectly acceptable. European cultures all considered such acts to be evil, and proceeded to wipe them out. Indeed, the only reason modern-day morals appear to be universal morals is because we slaughtered or converted any deviants long ago. Not exactly morally right by today's standards, but there you go. I'm, unfortunately, as human as the next person, and so I have morals that have been 'generated' throughout life. So I follow a certain moral code, as well as a code of basic decency and respect. But I don't see any good or evil, I just see a bunch of bald primates trying to show themselves as being more civilised than they actually are.




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#9 13 years ago

it's all based upon personal opinion for most from what ive seen.. there are people who believe murder isnt a bad thing, or rape, or stealing. that persons morals decide what he thinks is good/evil.




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#10 13 years ago

Good and Evil are absolute ideals. They make good coversation but beyond that are more trouble than they're worth. I find a more pragmatic edge is necessary when defining one's morals. So I've stretched it to three catagories: productive, counterproductive and nonproductive. As such, I have been able to take every action I have done or observed and pigeonhole them in one of those three. It's a comfortable starting ground from where I would launch my arguments for or against the action in question be it capital punishment, the Iraqi Conflict or why Bill spilled the ketchup.