a reply to: FormOfTheLord
this is not a simple topic
in the absence of a divine command theory, good and evil are reduced to aesthetics
to those with access to a divine command theory, evil is anything contrary to the theory
to those of us with a more scientific outlook, it is not that simple to call something EVIL.
for example, every war has 2 sides, and if you ask enough people, you'll hear that EACH side in the war is "evil"
regarding villains from fiction (Supervillains included)... your classic villain wants to be King, to TAKE OVER THE WORLD.
this is evil because it is outside the cultures values... meaning IF the culture is doing OK, THEN this guy would be a VILLAIN.
but if the culture is not pleasing to its inhabitants, the man who wants to take over could be seen as a savior.
same behavior set, hero in one case, villian in another. Take CONAN from fiction, becomes king by his own hand. Hero. really? conan killed anything
that got in his way, if HES a hero what about Atilla? or your average conquerer?
The quest to expand the sphere of influence that funds our biological processes is natural. expansion of territory and of control within territory is
natural. and if this NATURAL process, bumps into a SOCIAL CONVENTION, then it will be called EVIL.
What im getting at is STACK ORDER, with biology BENEATH social processes, any time biology asserts over social process, society will call EVIL...
Because society frequently asserts over biology, there will always be a minority which claims that its own culture is evil.
perception of evil is a side effect of friction in the stack... my religion, my cultures religion, my neighbors religion, my political views, my
cultures political views, my neighbors political views... evil is a misnomer applied to the fruits of this friction
but what im getting at is about ethics, aesthetics, the social order (whichever one it might be), this rubs against DIVINE COMMAND THEORY (lots of
those to pick from), and these 2 things rub against MANS NATURAL BEHAVIOR.
eventually there is friction from all this close contact and idea-shoving, and a spark of violence or suffering is released.
WE CALL THAT SPARK EVIL BUT ITS JUST REGULAR BUSINESS BADLY DONE
ok theres my 2 cents from psych 101
now on to VILLAINS!! (Mwuahahahaha)
always loved doctor doom, that guy is driven, but hes still evil with the small "e". he does magic and sometimes runs into those other-dimesional
types that are Evil with the large "E". Those demon types usually want to turn reality off somehow, whereas Victor Von Doom wants to rule and
understand reality. so hes CONAN (or close enough) this kind of committed genius used to be reserved for the good team, with the exception of
THE BORG from Star Trek
i thought these guys were really scary bad-guys. no mystical BS here, just cold tech. the lack of personal expression, the seeming eternal digital
entombment in ones own zombified flesh.... thats just so scary its EVIL! even without metaphysics! i thought the borg were poorly developed BTW, star
trek left money on the table there.
post is getting too long brb
edit on 5-1-2015 by uwascallywabbit because: typo