It’s been said that evil is a subjective term open to interpretation. I’ve been giving this statement some thought and decided I’d like to hear from my blog visitors on how they would “interpret” … EVIL.
I think for many a logical response would be that Evil is the absence or complete opposite of that which is ascribed as being “good” (substitute: “God”).
Do you believe Evil is subjective — taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias; or objective — undistorted by emotion or personal bias, based on observable phenomena?
In your opinion, which of the following best describes Evil?
- Morally reprehensible, sinful, wicked
- That which causes harm, destruction or misfortune
- The quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
Is there more than one kind of evil? The New World Encyclopedia says there are three kinds of Evil:
- Moral – Evil that human beings volitionally and intentionally originate (i.e., cruel, vicious, and unjust thoughts and actions, such as murder, rape, abuse, terrorism, genocide)
- Natural – Evil that occurs independently of human thoughts and actions, but which still causes pain and suffering (e.g., earthquakes, volcanos, storms, droughts, disease)
- Metaphysical – (Too confusing to be discussed here!)
Does Evil exist as a force, power, or person, i.e., evil incarnate? (If your answer is “yes,” why do you believe this?)
Are there degrees of Evil?
Is there a relationship between Evil Action and Evil Character?
Do humans commit Evil acts voluntarily … or is it due to a neurological glitch or malformation in the wiring of the physical brain?
WHO, in the end, decides what is Evil?
NOTE: An interesting read on this topic can be found here.