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originally posted by: CoBaZ
Pardon me while I wax Philosophical here...
The Most Evil Person you will meet in your life time looks at you from the reflection of a Mirror.
originally posted by: droid56
It is hard for me to understand how evil plays out in this world.
But evil exists. Are we sure how it manifests itself? No.
But there is much testimony that evil acts are done by evil people. Children are sometimes involved so the story goes. Snuff films, etc.
Am I sure this is true? No. But where there is smoke there is fire.
Humans are many types. Sadly this includes the evil ones.
originally posted by: geezlouise
a reply to: Azureblue
I'd like to challenge your view of evil being necessary/having a role in life with the proposition that you are merely justifying evil because you can no longer deny it's existence.
Because it seems to me there may be stages to acquiring this... knowledge of evil.
The first stage is of course, we deny that the evils even exist because the existence of such evils makes us uncomfortable, and it's where we all start out naturally.
The second stage seems to be... justification of evils. Because if we're going to have to admit that these evils exist then we're going to try everything to make it more comfortable for us... and what better way to do that then to give evil it's place in our lives? EVIL EXISTS BECAUSE DUALITY/RELATIVITY AND WITHOUT IT WE WOULDN'T REALLY APPRECIATE GOODNESS! Except this is false, this is just the justification of evils in order to make us more comfortable when we face such evils.
The second stage is dangerous because it can lead to a certain tolerance of evil and in tolerating these evils we are inadvertently reinforcing them and giving them permission to continue in our lives (like saying it's ok what happened because something good came from it)... because "it was a blessing in disguise," right? Wrong. Some things will never be ok, like eating plastic.
Also, do you find yourself and one another shrugging and saying, "that's life. sh-t happens," pretty often? That's another tolerance of evils, in which you are giving the evils permission to exist in your life by accepting them as being part of your life/having a role in your life/being necessary to your enlightenment and growth/etc. And often I think people get kind of stuck in a loop between stage one and two... eternally sweeping evils under the rug only after you have justified its existence and given it permission to exist in your life.
But there's a third and final stage... when you're able to face evil and say, "sometimes sh-t happens and nothing good can come of it and it's uncomfortable and it sucks and I want to do everything I can to prevent that from ever happening again." In this third stage, you first acknowledge that the evils exist and then you reject them and do not give them permission to exist in your life/future.
But the third stage is the scariest of all because it requires change, and we all know nobody likes change... so maybe we can take the frog in the pot allegory again and turn it positive- by implementing changes so subtle that nobody notices the changes, but they are changes that will lead us out of dangerous temperatures and... into a safer environment.
Did I get too deep?