Those familiar with my posts will know that I consider morality in humanity to be due to upbringing environment and genetics, and that I do not accept (due to life experience and research) that either theists or atheists are more or less moral in comparison to each other.
This is supported by psychological studies that I have read that effectively state that morality and ethical judgements in individuals work independently of religion and belief.
This is the position that I am taking for the rest of this post, to understand my perspective on good or evil this must be understood and accepted, if anyone reading this does not agree with the above in at least a general way then by all means post why this would not be the case, after reading the paragraph below.
I have heard no proper augments that make any sense at all to contest this, if anyone has any that do that don't rely solely on the idea that theists must be more moral because there is some aspects of morality written into the Bible or that their God told them they were, then I would be more than happy to hear them.
As I said I haven't heard any yet, apart from these easily refutable claims.
Im not going to address specific justification issues for individuals in this post except in a very general way as it pertains to either objective or subjective.
Does "evil" exist?
I would have to say yes, from where I am sitting it seems very much that pretty much all the evil that humans do is caused by or is rooted in subjectivity, or to not be able to fully comprehend the causal chain of events that is created by action or inaction as it pertains to others (including lower life forms) and others environments whether that be now or indeed in the future.
What is "evil?"
To me this would be causing harm to others pure and simple in this I would also include causing harm to other animals (physical and non-physical) and also environment, if others have to share or use.
I would also say that any contrived morality that is forced upon others resides fully in the subjective, or in other words is expectation on ethical values from others; it makes no difference if this expectation comes from a club or from an individual, nor does it matter if it is with the very best of intentions, the Bible in fact warns against this very clearly.
Does "good" exist?
I think this is down to perspective all it really seems to boil down to is more objectivity by some, some examples of this might include charity work or dedication to humanitarian causes (not addressing any other reasons why, as there may indeed be many reasons, but just how this relates to objectivity in individuals) another example might be planting a tree that you will never get to sit in the shade of but others might in the future even after your own death.
It also seems that when "evil" people rise the common "good" is fought by "normal" people.
This "normality" is at this point considered "good" by the majority, but it seems it is really just defending what should be in fact "normal" and is only deemed "good" by a comparison with an evil.
Excuse the very non-specific general terms, written like this for overall perspective rather than specific examples. I understand fully that terms like "normal" "good" and "evil" are relative to situation and location before anyone points this out.
Perhaps a better way to put this is: would "good" exist at all without "evil?"
It is also true that we can create our own future demons with our actions, or our inaction with others; this is more difficult to separate but it does seem that most of the time that this is a failing sometimes on all sides to understand each other initially.
I would be interested in any and all points of view and anything that relates (in a sensible way) to our ethics or morality, which is of course plays a large part of being human.
It is a recurring theme by some theists that religion or belief is either responsible for this or that in some magical way belief in a God makes the individual more ethical and I would hope this thread and the contributions of others would try to put this myth to bed, as I am sure that what I would consider "evil" could easily come out of this particular delusion.
This is my perspective; feel free to state your own.
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