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  • 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.

  • yes

    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

  • 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.

  • 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

    Yeah there is good and evil. Here is a example some has 50 dollars in them but they look sick and weak. If you mug them then that is clearly evil. If you do not believe that what about all the dictator's in this world um. What about all the crimes. They is clearly good such as helping a injured person get back up. There is evil and good choose every day most just choose good.

  • All those voting no are arguing that it DOES exist

    Nearly every intelligent argument against the existence of good and evil makes a claim that "whatever you call it or however you describe it - with religion, philosophy, behavioral science or common sense" IT actually exists.
    You're all answering "How would you prefer to describe good vs. Evil?" The context of your answers indicate you're lying in your votes.

  • So you don't believe in good or evil?

    Do you think pollution is bad? If you don't believe in good or evil, you can have no opinion on the matter. Your opinion is that pollution exists, and is not evil, and is not good. It doesn't matter what the subject is, your opinion does not count, because you don't believe anything you yourself say about it. Everything that happens "is", and that is your only opinion! As for good or evil, it just "is"! You have no other opinion about it, if you try to have an opinion about weather something is good or evil and you don't believe in good or evil, you have already lost the argument. If you don't like this post, you lose anyway, because to you it just is, and that is your only opinion on any subject.

  • It is all in how people see it

    Good and evil exist, we see it every day on the streets, and in the news. People are moral and ethical but I think we might have this evilness inside of all of us and given the right (or wrong) circumstances it can be unearthed. It is a matter of what is going on in the person's life that will determine if that evilness will become more prevalent or not.

  • Good vs. Evil

    All of existence is composed of opposing forces, or extremes. Magnetism, pressure, gravity, electricity, ect. Without an opposing force, nothing would exist. I believe good is the decision to think/feel beyond oneself's own personal motives at the expense of self, and evil is the opposite- to pursue one's own motives at the expense of others. Sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell.

  • 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.