reply to post by Klassified
This is an extremely tricky thought experiment. First we must define evil, and then we must define what it means to be human.
Now, I can not speak for everyone, but when I think about things from a religious stand point, which seems to be the entire backing for the ideal of
evil. Yes, unfortunately we are all evil. Every single portion of the entire religious ideal of evil seems to be the embodiment of modern man/woman.
We all commit some act with in these religious criteria for evil whether we like it or not. What is evil, well according to religion, anyone that
either commits, condones or enables sin.
It's really quite terrible when you think about it. A religious system, set up to damn us from birth. Even before we are scientifically capable of
understanding our actions we are committing a sin(I suppose this depends on how extreme you view religion, but if you take it literally we do). Sloth,
Greed, Gluttony, we commit all these acts as infants. We consume, we do nothing, and we take but do not give... I can't think, entirely clear as
I've had a few glasses of wine, and probably should be staying away from a keyboard but it's true, in the most literal of senses according to
religion. Not to mention, the supposed statement we are born of sin, a product of the sin of two individuals. It's crazy.
Now, what we may view as a modern society as evil is perhaps a little different. We tend to label the most extreme of these "sins" as evil. Mass
murderers, sociopaths/psychopaths, mass murderers, rapists, child molesters, and those who knowingly do nothing about the before mentioned.
Unfortunately yes, I do feel I am a little bit evil. I really care not about the masses, even though I tend to think I am out to try to benefit the
whole. If it came down to it, and I was starving I would steal from my fellow man to feed both myself, and my family. Even if it left another family
to go with out. Is this not what we would define as evil? Causing suffering of others, with out care to benefit the self? How many of you would do any
differently. Really think about that. Your wife/husband, daughter/son is starving. Your neighbor has a loaf or bread, and you need to feed yourself
and family. The opportunity arises to take said bread, do you leave empty handed because it's the right thing to do, leaving you and your family to
starve to death? Or do you take the bread, to feed you, and your family so you may live on, leaving your neighbor and theirs to starve to death. I
know you may say, you would not, but in the situation we both know what would happen. By definition this makes us " Evil," does it not?
We prey on another every minute of every day. We work a little harder to keep our jobs, letting someone else fall behind. Quite often this is in fear
of losing our job, or a promotion, but in doing so we have to let someone fall. We will do it every time. Survival of the fittest, every man for
himself, to the best man goes the spoils. How ever you look at it, our lives are flawed. We do not operate in a fashion to benefit the whole, and
unfortunately feeding off of each other leaves us in a position to fail no matter how many years it takes. As one man learns to step on heads, and get
ahead with his cunning, charm, and manipulative ways eventually their are no men left to out due, and their is no prize to be had. We all fail.
If you presented me with a button, and said " If you press this button, all of humanity would cease to exist." I would absolutely press the button.
Man kind is both Earth's greatest predator, and inevitable demise. Unless we find a way to absolutely change our ways, and very existence we stand
simply to destroy ourselves and the host we reside on. It's written in history for all to see, and the future will be much the same.