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  • There is a universal moral code

    I agree that there is a fine line between good and evil. What we consider good or bad, is highly driven by the childhood impressions formed by one's culture and religion. Human perspective is one of the most difficult attributes to study, however, there will always be few actions which will be considered wrong. For example, murdering is wrong, why it is wrong? Because when a person dies a small part of the universe is transformed and we do not have the right to such transformation as we did not create it at the first place. So, even when done for self defence murdering is wrong. I know this whole idea is very complex and many of the cultures like Hinduism do not have any notion of good or evil. However, few things like assault, torture, murder etc. will always be wrong. So anybody who is involved in such activities will be considered bad. We often do not realize it, but good and bad is experienced in different ways. For example, a scientist studied the impact of different sound vibrations on the crystallization of ice. He discovered beautiful symmetric patterns when water was exposed to prayer or meditation music. However, irregular ice crystals formed when water was exposed to traffic sound. Though not clearly related, doesn't it give an idea about how good and bad are perceived differently by the universe. In other words, acknowledging their existence.

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  • The lack of

    Moral guidelines has been a key factor in the fall of every civilization. The establishment of moral guidelines has been a key factor in the birthing of every civilization. It's a cycle that continuously repeats itself. A new society rises from the ashes of an old one, vowing to adhere to the morals and standards that the previous civilization lost sight of. Whether those morals and standards come from God, Buddha, Allah, or whatever.

    And then it only takes a couple of centuries for that civilization to start the "is good and bad just a relative concept?" debate, and lose track of everything that they were originally established upon, ultimately bringing about their destruction and downfall. America is a great example. A country that was built upon the God-given rights of every man. A country whose constitution was built of off Christian values and basic concepts of freedom and agency. And now in this country, we have all but banned God. It won't be long before we take out the "under God" from the pledge of allegiance. We have started the debate that there is no good and bad, that everything is just relative. We have been in it for several decades now, and if you were to tell someone 20 years ago that one day America would legalize gay marriage, they would call you crazy. Just like me saying that in 20 years, incest, pedophilia, and beastiality will be protected by the supreme court would be perceived to be crazy today.

    God was the moral compass that we built this country on, but now that God is out of the picture, what is there to establish any semblance of morals and/or values?

  • A lot of people might think I should have argued this on the other side.

    There is good and evil because it's a human concept. A group of people tend to have a majority that lean one way or another on what falls into those two categories (or what is in between). Sure good and evil are entirely subjective, but within a community what is good and what is evil is decided by the majority. Sure, overtime the majority may change their stance and then what is good and what is evil will change for that community.

  • The ideolofy of good vs bad DEPENDS on perspective

    There is truly no such thing as a collective term for good and evil. Take for instance when a man such as Adam Lanza murders 26 school age childeren. The majority of you will probably be outraged since childeren are precious in this culture. But what about a different culture; one that sees such action as a perfectly reasonable strategy for human population control as natural resoures constantly thin by the minute.
    Another, more common form of perspective conflict is when one shows themselves on video feeding a live chick to a snake. Again, many would be outraged in the American culture as such scenes are shunned by the American public. But what about other cultures that simply see death as a part of the cycle of life? Just the next step?
    All in all, I could continue rambling about the ENDLESS scenarios I can come up with, but as I mentioned before, there really isn't a clearly defined good or bad. It all depends on perspectives, which could be bent in one way or anoher to fit the mold of views seen as fit by said culture. Thus, there is no one way to classify pure "good and evil".

  • The ideolofy of good vs bad DEPENDS on perspective

    There is truly no such thing as a collective term for good and evil. Take for instance when a man such as Adam Lanza murders 26 school age childeren. The majority of you will probably be outraged since childeren are precious in this culture. But what about a different culture; one that sees such action as a perfectly reasonable strategy for human population control as natural resoures constantly thin by the minute.
    Another, more common form of perspective conflict is when one shows themselves on video feeding a live chick to a snake. Again, many would be outraged in the American culture as such scenes are shunned by the American public. But what about other cultures that simply see death as a part of the cycle of life? Just the next step?
    All in all, I could continue rambling about the ENDLESS scenarios I can come up with, but as I mentioned before, there really isn't a clearly defined good or bad. It all depends on perspectives, which could be bent in one way or anoher to fit the mold of views seen as fit by said culture. Thus, there is no one way to classify pure "good and evil".


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Furyan5 says2015-11-08T10:30:28.487
Good and evil are concepts which describe something else. As such, good and evil can not exist on its own. You can show me an action or a person which may be regarded as good or evil, but you can't show me a good. You can't collect good in a jar or take a picture of good. Fire can be seen as good or evil, depending on how it is being used, but fire itself is not good or evil.