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06-08-2013, 09:25 PM
Evil?
There are things that are against the law. We can do things to hurt ourselves. We can do things to hurt others. But what is evil? Can we really make it stop? Does it even really exist or are we denying some parts of humanity and human nature that we don't want to see in our "civilized" world?
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06-08-2013, 11:14 PM
RE: Evil?
Evil is complex to define. Like all words, everyone comes to their own understanding through osmosis. Words only really make sense in the context of the society the user grows up in. Meanings are fluid.

To a Christian Evil is a principle in opposition to God (well, when I was a Christian this is how I envisaged it). Nowadays I just use the word as shorthand for "all the disgusting uncivilised things which are detrimental to society" such as anti-gay stuff, religious bigotry, corruption...

There is overlap between most definitions of evil though, most people can spot that e.g. corruption is bad news.

Defining evil as opposition to the law is daft IMO. As one of Isaac Asimov's characters said in the Foundation series (paraphrased) "What about unjust laws then ?".
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06-08-2013, 11:27 PM
RE: Evil?
(06-08-2013 09:25 PM)BrokenQuill92 Wrote:  But what is evil?
Evil simply means very bad.

Quote:Can we really make it stop?
No.

Quote: Does it even really exist or are we denying some parts of humanity and human nature that we don't want to see in our "civilized" world?
It exists, but not in a supernatural way - e.g. being possessed by demons, etc. The capacity to do extremely bad things in probably in all of us.( Except in perhaps, the very disabled.) Our feelings of revulsion or whatever, are just our endocrine and neurological systems at work. Just biology.
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06-08-2013, 11:34 PM
RE: Evil?
Evil is a loose definition used to describe an actor or event that produces a harm. Most definitions include an intent or preventable harm - doing harm for harms sake.

Can we make it stop? Sure. Destroy all sentient creatures. If nothing can be harmed, or nothing can cause harm knowingly, then there's no evil.

Practically? Maybe. But that's going to take a lot of social engineering and/or extraordinary totalitarian powers to make it gone 100%.
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06-08-2013, 11:38 PM
RE: Evil?
Did anyone else sob there eyes out at the end of AIR?
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06-08-2013, 11:42 PM
RE: Evil?
(06-08-2013 11:34 PM)PoolBoyG Wrote:  But that's going to take a lot of social engineering and/or extraordinary totalitarian powers to make it gone 100%.
Those things are considered evil by many people.
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06-08-2013, 11:43 PM
RE: Evil?
(06-08-2013 11:38 PM)BrokenQuill92 Wrote:  Did anyone else sob there eyes out at the end of AIR?
What's that?
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06-08-2013, 11:45 PM
RE: Evil?
(06-08-2013 11:43 PM)Juv Wrote:  
(06-08-2013 11:38 PM)BrokenQuill92 Wrote:  Did anyone else sob there eyes out at the end of AIR?
What's that?
Wrong spot sorry!
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06-08-2013, 11:46 PM
RE: Evil?
It's an anime movie
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06-08-2013, 11:50 PM
RE: Evil?
(06-08-2013 11:42 PM)Juv Wrote:  
(06-08-2013 11:34 PM)PoolBoyG Wrote:  But that's going to take a lot of social engineering and/or extraordinary totalitarian powers to make it gone 100%.
Those things are considered evil by many people.

Those people would be wrong, and evil themselves if causing preventable harm was something they cherished.
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