posted on May, 24 2017 @ 06:50 PM
I've wondered this question for some time now, of what one really means when they say someone is evil and through my wondering I've raised some
questions that I don't think anyone can give a right or wrong answer to, merely they can just offer their opinion on what they think being evil
Now this may cause some controversy, I don't think many humans are truly evil, most we casually call evil aren't actually evil at all.
Now I know what you're all thinking, that I must be silly to consider such a thought and that there are people who are truly evil on this planet who
enjoy nothing more than seeing the suffering of others and on that I do agree, there are psychopaths who revel in the misfortune of others and that is
what I would call true evil within a human.
But let's take terrorists, are they all truly evil, do they all commit their disgusting acts because they actually enjoy it ? Some yes, but most I
don't think it is the motivation. Because, most believe they are doing God's work, they believe that their act no matter how vile or disgusting is
somehow working towards the greater good.
Which raises the question, if a person believes their acts are for good, are they inherently evil or simply misguided ?
If they're truly evil, then God's work is not the reason for their act
If God's work is truly the reason then they cannot be evil
Is it the act that makes a person evil, or the motivation to commit the act that makes them evil ?
Let's take another example of vile behaviour (in my opinion) Westboro Baptist Church
What pastor Fred spouts to most is considered hate, however he believes he's preaching the message of God, so do his actions make him evil ? Even
though he believes what he is doing is good ? Now I'm sure there will be more mixed views on this as he's not murdering anybody (as far as we know)
to get his views across but can we call him evil ?
And if we accept that people doing what we consider evil, to be not evil, then what do we call them ? Deluded ? Wrong ? Sick ?
But then it calls into question of whether a persons belief is right or wrong and how do any of us have that answer ?
And to touch a final point, if God does exists, would he forgive him somebody doing a terrible act if he knew their intentions were good ? And if no
God exists, is there actually any right or wrong beyond our own preconceived idea/feelings of what is right and what is wrong ?
I'm curious what you all think on these very philosophical questions and hopefully we can have a civil discussion on what it is to be evil, or not