Spontaneous Philosophical Tea Party™
What is evil?
Christians might say the devil. Others would point to Hitler. But really what is evil? How are we expected to recognize it if we don’t even know what it is?
The word evil is frivolously thrown around almost as much as love. So much so that its powerful meaning has been reduced to what you call your teacher when she gives you a particularly tough pop quiz. Through a desire to make everyday situations seem powerful we make powerful experiences seem normal.
The closest I’ve come to a definition for evil is: The inability or refusal of one to detect evil in one’s self. However this definition is lacking. Is evil just an opinion? Could we ever have a definition of evil that doesn’t rely on personal morals? Is evil condemned to be a word used by opposite sides in a conflict to describe each other?
Tell me, what do you think?