What is evil? What is good? No one has what can be considered a "de facto" answer, but we all have our own opinions on the subject. ATS permitting,
I'd like to share my own view.
Let's start out by saying that I am part Taoist, as in I believe that both good and evil are very necessary in this world. Candle and the shadow, you
know. Dark and light. So we have people who believe that evil exists in a tangible form, that we have spirits that are completely evil or serve an
evil master, or we believe that leaders of various groups are evil.
We're all about calling things evil. But why do we say evil? How do we define it? What is evil?
What most people don't seem to realize, is that what we call "evil" is simply our term for something whose very nature is to TAKE AWAY. In terms of
"evil", whatever object or creature is exhibiting it will always take, take, take...and that hurts anything that is around it because of our survival
instincts. Losing something is akin to losing a chance to stay alive. Food, clothing, weapons, tools, shelter, health, whatever. Evil is to take. Good
is to give. But see, to take and to give are both necessary in life. We must take in order to live, but give in order to have a life.
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
- Sir Winston Churchill
So see, evil is not a NATURE, or a QUALITY, so much as a PERSPECTIVE. It's all about how we look at it. For instance, someone can kill a black man,
and you will have controversial viewpoints all around. Some people are happy because they believe that blacks are unworthy, some are mad because they
believe in equality. The ones who call blacks unworthy don't see it as evil, and therefore they do not call it evil. Vice versa for the equality
So when we talk about "good", what does that mean? How do we define good, now that we've briefly examined evil? Good is the act of giving, but giving
all the time is not a good thing. Many times, we must take in order to survive. Of course, if everyone was always giving to someone else, there's no
doubt that we'd all be covered. Either that, or we'd be playing hot potato for the rest of the time we're around.
Good is service to all others at the cost of the self. It is absolute selflessness...something I would never expect of a human being, regardless of
its deity *ahem*. That's about it. But see, again, it's all perspective. What's considered "good" to one nation, person, or culture, is considered an
abomination to another group or individual.
So here's the question: If good and evil are largely based on perspective, how do we know what's right and wrong? Is morality a cultural trait, or a
nurture effect, or does it really come from somewhere else?
Take your time answering, I want a good discussion out of this.
Thanks for reading!
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