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Originally posted by AQuestion
Have a nice rest, I shall be turning in shortly myself.
I believe intent does play a part and knowledge of the effect that our words will have also matters. I would not explain certain things to children because they need to understand basics in order to understand greater truths and they need to learn how to learn for themselves to be truly free, as in free will. Evil, in your scenario, would not be telling someone something that might upset their world view, it would be telling them it before they were ready to deal with it. If I knew that a comet was going to destroy the earth tomorrow and kill us all, I would not tell my three year old, they will be better off not knowing. It is not about telling the truth, it is about explaining things to someone before they have enough fundamentals to decide what it means for themselves.
As for denying your spirituality, sorry, I thought you had said you didn't believe in God and was trying to respect that. Whether there is a God or not, my definition of good and evil remains the same. Good is giving more than you took, evil is taking more than you gave. Both of these implies without agreement or consent or understanding. Peace.
I don't think the decision to tell or not tell someone that the world will end is the same as bestowing information that can change someone's life. Whether you tell someone a comet is going to hit, or you don't, the "shock of knowing" may be prevented, but the outcome will be the same. I'm referring to the fact that if I withhold information the world will remain unchanged, however if I release said info, then the world will likely benefit, even though thousands could potentially die. I'm also talking about adults. As the father of a four year old, I can understand the need to protect the innocence of children, but at what point are people "ready" in your eyes? There must be a window. I don't accept that people will never be ready. At some point the band-aid would just have to be ripped off, no matter what the consequences. I think the best explanation can be found in Plato's Allegory of the Cave. I am a huge advocate of truth, and maybe being such makes me a "devil's advocate", but I would rather suffer the truth than live the lie, even if it were my reality that the truth shattered.
Originally posted by dizTheWiz
The other day the homie KonquestAbyss and i were having our philosophical discussions when the word evil came up, and what that word actually means,
one of the online definitions. "Something that is a cause or source of suffering, injury, or destruction"
Then the question was asked if it is evil to tell a perspective of truth that opposes another persons truth resulting in pain suffering and destruction towards that person and their truth.
The word Satan i belief originally means adversary one of the definitions of adversary : "a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe."
SOO us on ATS are we a bunch of adversaries, going through the motions of doing evil towards one another when we argue and lean soo heavily on our disputable truths and currently known facts and attempt reshape the minds of one another
OR do the adversaries create a paradox where their oppositions cancel each other out leaving only truth in the middle or is it all truth!
Paradox of Paradigms
Just something to think about
Originally posted by Dragonfly79
Figures like Satan and the devil are there to see how much faith a Christian has.