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 Post subject: What IS evil?
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:50 pm 
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When you think of the concept of evil, what do you think of? I don't mean specific examples, but rather the nature of evil itself. Do you believe there is a spiritual or metaphysical element to the nature of evil, or is there a simpler explanation? Is there even such a thing as evil, or is the concept itself purely relative? I'd like to hear your thoughts on evil. What is it and where does it come from?

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 Post subject: Re: What IS evil?
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For me, evil is a result of the negation of responsibility and the acceptance of an all-powerful 'other' who we must submit to and obey unthinkingly. That pretty much sums up most of the planet with the three Semitic religions coming to mind.


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Ah, so you blame Evil on shirking of responsibility, generally passing the buck to a spiritual higher power? So are atheists incapable of Evil? It seems to me that feeling unaccountable to anyone is just as much a motivation for Evil as belief in a divine scape-goat. I suspect that most of the atrocities committed in the name of some divine being were committed by non-believers using the label as convenient justification to do whatever the hell they felt like doing. When I was younger I thought about starting a nice profitable cult a few times myself, and not because I thought some gawd would forgive me and that made it okay.

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Atheists and Semitics (Jews, Christians, Moslems) all share a belief that they do not need to be responsible for their actions - the atheists think 'do what thou wilt' because there are no consequences, the Semitics believe that their god will save them so long as they perform the rituals it likes. Inevitable they all shirk responsibility. Atheists and Semitics are different only in the details, but in their failure to hold themselves accountable for what they do now and how it impacts upon others, they are the same.


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 Post subject: Re: What IS evil?
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So which category do you fall into?

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