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    it's obvious that there is good and evil just look at punching someone in the face for no reason or giving them a helping hand, also I wrote a really long and better response but it just disappeared so unfortunately the website hasn't been good to me in that case but fortunately it wasn't it's fault and it can't bear guilt since it is not sentient so there's no point trying to convince it of the difference between good and evil peace

  • Is sociopathy a mental illness?

    Yes. Everybody with a normally functioning mind perceives a difference between right, wrong, good, and evil. Sociopaths do not. If there really is no good and evil, then sociopaths are perceiving the world more accurately than we are. While we are all perceiving something that isn't really there, sociopaths are seeing the world as it truly is. But we all consider sociopathy to be a mental illness. Their minds aren't working right precisely because they lack moral perceptions. If a correctly working mind is a mind that perceives a difference between right, wrong, good, and evil, then the perception of good and evil is an accurate perception. That means there is such a thing as good and evil. Zaradi, over there--->>is confusing moral ontology with moral epistemology. The fact that people have different views about morality doesn't mean there are no objective morals anymore than the fact that people have different views about the shape of the earth means that the earth has no shape. Zaradi's argument is absurd in the extreme.

  • Good and evil can be clearly defined. (collective idea of good) They can also be experienced. (subjective view of good and evil)

    Philosophers through the ages have worked to define good and evil.
    They generally discuss the boundaries, not the categories themselves.

    Theists say that Good is defined by the character of God.
    God is good by definition, and things that are in his will are good by extension.

    Order is generally perceived as good (we can work within an orderly system)

    Chaos is generally perceived as bad (as opposed to morally evil) because we don't work well in a disorderly system.

    Evil is often linked with malice in purpose and destructive in nature.

  • People have different views/opinions

    Many of us will say that there is no good or bad but, I believe were born in this world as good people. It just depends on what you think of the world. There are some that would argue with "There is no such thing as good nor Evil". There's good in all of us we just have to find it in ourselves.
    Ex(s):
    Slavery
    Wars
    Peace
    point of views
    Politics
    ect.

  • Only actions can be described as good or evil, not people

    I do not believe that people can be either good or evil as seen in books or movies. In the real world it is more complicated than that. No one can honestly say that they are completely good because everyone has acted poorly and on impulse. Everyone has made mistakes and therefore how can anyone fit the description of "good." Also though some believe that people can be evil, everyone has a reason. Most "evil" people are either mentally ill, had a bad childhood, or there was an event in their life that triggered their behavior. So if we use the logic than anyone can have a little good in them that is overshadowed by their worst nature that was brought about by their life or ever since they were born. With this logic, isn't this person in between despite what people might think. Also, if someone is in between for having a little good in them, then someone can't be completely good because everyone has committed wrongs in their life. The point is that these words shouldn't define anyone because they are too vague. Actions can be evil or good but people can't be one or the other.

  • First, I do think that some actions can be wholly defined as good or evil.

    With good being the conservation of life, and evil being the destruction of it(and things such as torture, rape, etc.) However, I think most actions are in a grey area. I think that the main factor is justifiable cause( such as stealing food so your family doesn't starve) and nobody is ever completely good or wholly evil.

  • I like bob

    4gThose who say torture is okay should be tortured. They will not hold the same opinion, guaranteed.

    Torture is not just a word. Don't distance yourself from torture while you form such a vile and truly WRONG opinion. Torture is absolutely NEVER okay. It is never justified.

    Those who agree with torture are obviously, TORTURERS. I say let THEM experience it, so they know what they're advocating for.

    It is EVIL and never, ever okay. I'd like to see any one of these "advocates" say that they're willing to be tortured, or that they'd

  • Good and Evil have to exist for moral justice.

    If good and evil do not exist then every action is justifiable to an individual, and therefore leaves us with no moral nature. Good and evil have to exist for us to be human, and as emotional beings, this is vital to our existence. That would result in us not having this debate as we would not know the difference in the first place.

  • Where does this universal understanding of moral right and wrong come from – an understanding that transcends human opinion?

    How do you know if something is morally right or wrong? How can you ground a belief that says acts such as torturing an innocent child, rape, murder, racism, and other such things are objectively immoral? By "objectively," we mean that such acts are immoral in a way that goes beyond personal opinion or feelings; they are immoral whether anyone thinks they are or not. It may surprise you to know that, without God, it is impossible to have objective moral values. Instead, unless God exists, all that is left is mere emotive opinions.

    Those who do not believe in God object to such an assertion and say that a person does not need to acknowledge any kind of deity to understand moral right and wrong. And, they are right. Human beings do not need to believe in God to discern moral duties or understand that objective moral values exist. But, that has never been the argument of those who believe in God. Instead, the Christian argument is that in order to ground an objective moral law, you need to have a transcendent source of those values.

    This truth is acknowledged by leading atheists. For example, the famous nihilist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said: "You have your way, I have my way. As for the right way, it does not exist."

    Without an unchanging, absolute authority that uses an unchanging, absolute standard, which is based on the right and unchanging truth, ethics simply becomes emotive and opinion. Rape doesn't become wrong, but rather the strongest statement that can be made about it is, "I don't like rape." C. S. Lewis put is simply when he said: "A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line." For those without God, that unchanging straight line does not exist.

    Why does a small child immediately know when they've been treated unfairly or know that it is wrong to have something stolen from them? They know because there is a universal moral law that has been intrinsically woven into them by their Creator. This fact produces what is called the moral argument for the existence of God, which can be stated in the following way:

    • Laws imply a Law Giver
    • There is an objective Moral Law
    • Therefore, there is a Moral Law Giver

    True object moral good cannot be defined without purpose, and purpose cannot be defined without a cause. Without God – the cause of everything – all that is left is time + matter + chance. And such a combination only produces chaos; not an absolute moral framework.

    Poet Steve Turner spells out in his poem entitled Creed, which ends with these words:

    "If chance be the Father of all flesh,
    Disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
    And when you hear
    State of Emergency!
    Sniper Kills Ten!
    Troops on Rampage!
    Whites go Looting!
    Bomb Blasts School!
    It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker."

  • Animals do not know the difference between good and bad

    When I say animals I means cats dogs and not humans cats or dogs do not have a sence of good or bad so it is more likely that we humans created something called good and bad because of the nature of slef doubt I mean killing a man is not good or bad because animals do it all the time and we are also animals who did kill other animals

  • There is no good or evil.

    There is just Positive and Negative Selfishness. Observe:
    A man steals from his son's college funds to pay for an expensive car. That is Negative Selfishness; performing an action that benefits oneself to fulfil his own wants and needs.
    A man buys his son a bicycle for his birthday. That is Positive Selfishness; performing an action that benefits another to fulfil the wants and desires of the person performing the action.
    There is no such thing as 'selflessness' as any action is a result of selfishness in one way or another.
    Say a young man pushes a woman out of the way of an incoming car, his reasoning being that he did not want her to come to harm. This comes around to selfishness: He saw an end that was undesirable to him, and so he acted to change it so it would satisfy his desires.
    Good and Evil are just simplified terms for Selfishness that happens to benefit others as well as oneself, and Selfishness that happens to benefit oneself with either harm or no benefit at all to others.

    Posted by: Debo
  • There is no Innate Good or Evil

    Good and evil are just two words and feelings that humans use to categorize things. Love, family, kindness - good. Murder, rape, drug abuse - evil. The extreme majority of the population would agree with those six categorizations, but in reality that's only because we've been taught that certain things are good and evil. Nothing, by itself, is either way, but only becomes so in a human's eye.

  • Good and Evil are arbitrary, subjective values assigned to human behavior.

    As someone who survived a home filled with domestic violence for 19 years, served in the military, studied psychology and neuroscience, worked in the field of homeless, domestic violence, Christian ministry, developmental disabilities, addiction, community protection (sex offenders), I can say with utmost confidence that there is no good or evil. There is only human conflict. Philosophy and religion have created a false dichotomy, in which lies a cosmic and universal conflict between absolute forces of “good” and “evil,” an antiquated concept that has caused more harm than help throughout human history. Good and evil are arbitrary, subjective values assigned to human behavior. “good and “evil” are subjective, absolute values that does not objectively exist. Humans do not consist of both “good” and “evil,” but survival mechanisms. Morality is subjective and relativistic. However, there is an underlying universal “law” or principle (i.E., Mutuality). Mutuality is biologically universal. That is, it exists within our own biology through natural selection, transcends culture, time and space. Social animals that rely on cooperation depend on mutuality. Mutuality is a healthy process of give and take and mutual benefit. Mutuality and can only exist with mutual communication, rules, laws, boundaries, contingencies, and accountability. Conflicts arise due to violations of mutuality. Because Mutuality is biological, illnesses and diseases can compromise Mutuality or a person's capacity to perform pro-social, mutualistic behavior.

  • Perception of evil and good

    Evil and good can not be defined because people have a reason for the crimes they've committed and have had certain influences in their life that make them think like this. For example, if someone stole a bike, to you, that might seem like a crime or an evil thing to do. But what you don't know is that's person's sister's birthday is coming up and she graduated from university but they can't afford to get anything. In this situation, the person was doing the right thing in their perspective but to you it is a bad/or evil thing. It all depends on your perception of evil and good

  • Perception of evil and good

    Evil and good can not be defined because people have a reason for the crimes they've committed and have had certain influences in their life that make them think like this. For example, if someone stole a bike, to you, that might seem like a crime or an evil thing to do. But what you don't know is that's person's sister's birthday is coming up and she graduated from university but they can't afford to get anything. In this situation, the person was doing the right thing in their perspective but to you it is a bad/or evil thing. It all depends on your perception of evil and good

  • We Only Know What We Are Taught

    Good and evil could just be our opinions based on what we were taught as children. The kid who grew in the streets could have a different view on what is evil since he could have stole something to live. The kid who was fed each time they asked to be could have a different view on what is good.
    Good and Evil are apart of our views. We could bomb a country who we were having problems with. We see it as good but the people of that country see it as their families being killed.

  • There is no good and there is no evil.

    Good and evil are just opinions, and everyone has a different opinion. A terrorist believes what they are doing is good, while other people deem it evil. This can be said about everyone. A racist believes he is good, a homophobic person believes he is good, tyrants believe they are good, while the rest of us think they are evil. Good and evil are both products of the mind, made by us to justify our actions and make us feel good.

  • There is no such thing.

    People will do what they think is right. In the end, we all have different opinions on what is right or what is wrong. For example, a little kid hits a dog. The little kid only hits the dog because it bit him. Is it right for the kid to decide what the dogs punishment is? Is it good that the kid hit the dog or it is bad. It all depends on what a person believes what is right or wrong.

  • Good and evil is a concept defined by a species

    There is not good and evil in fundamental state. For example for cockroach, human's clean house and insect ellimiation is a bad act cause it decrease their survival rate. But for human it would be a good thing as they can prevent disease from spreading by cockroach.
    Therefore good and evil is different among species and there is no objective good and evil

  • They are arbitrary terms

    "good" and "evil" are arbitrary terms whether one is religious or not. That is, they do not exist organically in the universe in the form of absolute truth. However, social constructs are very powerful, and consequences of behavior can often be detrimental to both the individual and the whole. Morality exists in that nebulous plane of evolutionary thought that is working out the problem of individual pursuit of happiness alongside the benefit to the whole of community/society. But the majority is not always "right" or beneficial, as has been proven historically by the existence and support of slavery, the Holocaust, subjugation of women, blacks, gays, etc. these are extreme historical examples where the majority's needs and desires overruled the well being of others. If the situation had been reversed and it was gays and blacks tormenting heterosexuals, it would be deemed just as harmful. So society's concepts of good and evil are constantly in flux, evolving, and are not to be considered inflexible or rigid, because they are part of an ongoing conversation of what is good for all, versus harmful to all. Even in Christian thought, the knowledge of good and evil is considered a product of original sin, rather than a virtue. The truth, according to Christian thought, exists on a different plane than our minds can conceive of. Scientific thought might view this as humanity's push to evolve itself. In short, there is no such thing as good and evil, but there are things that are beneficial and non-beneficial. But even those things are not to be categorized in a rigid or inflexible way, as humanity is constantly evolving.


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AndrooUK says2018-04-03T20:43:02.290
There's also the fact that people don't usually think anything they do is bad. It is justifiable to them, and 'good' to their own compass. Perhaps retrospectively, people might later consider behaviour bad, but at the time, not.

As good and bad are subjective, and noone can argue otherwise (morality is not a physical constant, it only exists whilst humans exist), then one person's good is another person's bad.

Murdering a human is considered bad, but killing another animal is not. Animals kill their own brethren, and it is considered neither good nor bad. To another species, we are just doing what is in our nature, and might be considered neutral as well.

So, yes, good and evil exist, but only as much as humans consider them to, and only conceptually. They don't exist in the physical world. There is no measurement, no scale, no device that can detect it.