What is your definition of evil?

Discussion in 'Ethics, Morality, & Justice' started by akoreamerican, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    It does not make people necessarily evil or bad. It is a disability that prevents people from "identifying" with someone else's plight.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empathy

    IOW, empathy is truly profound ability which starts at an early age and often determines a person's choice in employment. Docters, nurses, caregivers in general usually are people with a well developed ability for empathy.

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    Hugging someone who is hurt

    For a criminal this is not a problem as he doesn't care about the pain he inflicts on his victim. Inflicting pain might even become a game because the perpetrator is unable to "identify" with the pain of his victim and is amused by the victims pleas for merci.

    AFAIK, most people have empathy in some respect, but a total lack of empathy is usually caused by some type of brain damage. Autism is a typical expression of inability to experience empathy without being an "evil" person.
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    No. Surely, "evil" is in actions.
    Say he can't empathize, but he goes into a job where he has no contact with people. No evil actions = no evil.

    Also, this:
     
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