Evil is a human construct

"The objective is not to establish law and order or the happiness of mankind, or to substitute good for evil but diametrically the opposite, mainly to produce anarchy and discontent of so potent a nature that the complementary forces to annihilate one another through the intensity of their friction." (quote from unknown author)   

This quote describes the Sabbatean doctrine to bring forth the Messiah, and what power is at its core. Those of us schooled in Christianity don't know that there is another side to the argument of good and evil. In fact any logical approach to good and evil will tell you that evil is what allways wins in a competition, and therfore must be in control of our social institutions.   


Evil is the word we use to describe those circumstances that impede our desires unjustly, and is caused by another person, or persons. If we are hungry and then someone eats a burger in front of us, is this petty evil, or is it just bad manners? Why is genocide a great evil if all of us must die anyway, whereas the death penalty is somehow not evil. Evil is simply a point of view and is relative to your education.    

Our desires come from the same sexual evolutionary motive found in most animals, they are mostly based on our need for sexual dominance, procreation, and survival. This is what German Philosophers call the "will to life", which is the force behind the third person of the trinity, and gives rise to most words, love, hate, evil, etc..  all express a point of view of the desire for sexual dominance.  What is called "the will" is the fountain that provides our description of reality, we mostly see and do everything relative, or in context to our "will", all seen or understood from a specific human cultural point of view. 

Without man there is no evil. No one thinks that a tiger eating a rabbit is evil, yet we all think your mother eating her sisters baby certainly is. 

How a community defines words like evil is a cultural choice, which will define the nature of our society and how each individual defines his world. How we define words is dictated by the society and language we live within. What is evil to one society can be pleasure or justice, to another, and the same is true for the individual. 

If within us is the ability to cause evil, there is also within us, the ability to eliminate it.

If you have a dualist view of God, then you believe in two Gods - one good, and one evil, possibly in conflict similar to the Christian devil, or Persian, Zoroastrian view of Ahura Mazda and his adversary Angra Mainyu.  You might not see God as an all powerful flawless creator of the universe, in which case evil is implicit in your belief. But, If  your definition of God is of a good entity, then evil has nothing to do with God, it is simply a human creation, a definition, it is a belief, and is the product of ignorance, and abuse. 

We must not forget  that we are hairless apes, and governed by the same social-sexual drivers of apes. 

In western religion, the root of evil is understood as the fall of man or original sin, the consequence of a temptation via the eating of the tree of "Knowledge of Good and Evil". In Jewish tradition, the Tree of Knowledge and the eating of its fruit represents the beginning of the mixture of good and evil together. Before that time, the two were separate, and evil had only a nebulous existence in potential.

To attempt to understand evil in a religious context, is as absurd as understanding physics from fairy tails.  

Evil is a value judgment we make as a society, and then we raise our children accordingly.  This is also true of morals, as this concept is flexible, and relative to the particular society you are concerned with. 

Our English language was developed by Europeans and molded by the morality of our Church. Western culture evolved from a Christian dogma designed to govern with little interest in truth. The  conflict between good and evil is a Zoroastrian theme that is wonderful for scaring parishioners into Church. The root of the concept of the Soul and Trinity is Platonic, and in that belief “Evil is a disorder of the soul caused by ignorance.”  For a Platonist God is a good and perfect creator, and we know God through the Soul, if our Soul does not know God, then we are ignorant, and it is through our ignorance that evil takes place    

Since evil has nothing to do with God, we should stop asking God for a remedy. If evil is of concern, we should take steps to correct the flaws in society. Maybe help educate people so we have less ignorance.  

Clearly "evil" is a problem, it is a task to be done, and a repair that needs attention. As with all tasks we have ever undertaken the primary factors for success are our will to change, and knowledge to do so. It is for this reason that we need to be aware we are operating on the architecture of an ape, and must adjust our "will" and redefine the words we use.  

Our current Religion is a form of mind control used to mold people into a mass ready to be governed for the benefit of an aristocratic class, a method of willing enslavement of a lower class.  Western religion proclaims freedom only after death, declares knowledge is bad for mankind, and provides God as the solution for suffering only if you attend Church, and pay a fee. Quite the opposite is true, knowledge is what provides salvation from suffering, and the truth will set you free, yet our animal nature makes us competitive which is the cause of all suffering, and produces what we call evil.       

Evil comes from the different shades of repression of the human spirit. To confirm this statement try an experiment -  take a child, torture and abuse him or her, then see if the resulting behavior of that child grows up to resemble evil.    

 “You made me.”  Charles Manson

Do the same to a society and you will have the same result in mass. 

In summary: Evil is a factor only because we need it to create fear in the people we enslave. There is no "will" to eliminate it because the upper class profits from the concept, and the rest of us are too stupid to do the repair work needed for its elimination.    

"The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding."

ALBERT CAMUS, The Plague

 

 

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I would hope that as a church (political institution) your intent is not to do evil, yet you know that good intentions can turn out badly, making what we call good turn evil, and vice versa. Furthermore you also know that good and evil are words that can have opposing meanings depending on your political point of view.
The concepts of good and evil are nothing more than descriptions for the plight of the meek in the face of the strong. No law could prevent a tiger from eating its prey, good and evil are nothing more than the inverse of each other depending of the point of view of participants. Competition is like a game where victory is seen as dinner for one, while for the other the outcome is murder.

In competition taking advantage of our neighbors is the norm, we call this profit, and no one sees it as evil. Social inequality is the very object of capitalism, we strive to be better off than our neighbor and compete to do so. The problem arises when some players of this game take all the chips, monopolize the marketplace and reduce freedom of competition.

In a society governed by laws and agreements verified by courts and compelled by law it is inevitable for there to be disproportions injustice created by those with power and wealth that can only be equalized by transparency and political action.

We hope to be civilized, to live in a society that is not governed by the will of the strongest. We hope for a nation governed by the people, and for the people.

Therefore, evil becomes inequality, and can only exist through a lack of transparency, or the inaction of our people.

Hiding information and intentions is an advantage in competition, and an essential aspect of corruption. But, activities intended for a common good are best done as transparently as possible.

Regardless of religion, some aspects of society are based on facts.

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We are a free marketplace that provides social distance and delivery options for everyone, governed by the people that use it.

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Before we can go beyond the terms of good and evil we must first define the words.

These two words are relevant only to living forms, and indicate either the obstacle or freedom of life. The words do not define what is good and evil for an individual but rather what is good or evil for a social group. The murder of a serial killer is seen as good, or someone having sex with your wife is seen as evil by society but not by the romantic couple engaged in such activity.

Clearly good and evil is a social construct that is relative to the point of view.

Existential philosophy has tended to relate good and evil to power, suggesting that what is good is what works. The will to power is excused regardless of its evil nature as long as the outcome is good for the victor.

This concept turns back the clock to the Socratic argument on justice, the right of the strong. Which if we accept we have devolved.      

We have made so much of the term evil, that we have inadvertently elevated it to the position of  God.

Regardless, if by our ineptitude or by our design we have failed ourselves as good humans, therefor we have found a simpler path, to blame the Devil.