3 Responses to “The World’s Perception Of Evil Is Mostly Wrong”

  1. Emilee 15 April 2009 at 9:08 am #

    What an interesting point to consider. It reminds me a lot of sunday school lessons back in the day were we talked about the Devil and his influence being very subtle – the part of your brain that wants to take part in something that may be just on the other side of the right thing to do. Extrapolate that out a little and you have the Godless-Earth Hell you are talking about. At this point, I’m still not sure where I fall along the believer/nonbeliever line, yet I am more inclined to think that your proposition – evil is everywhere and it looks mostly like good – is closer to the truth. If the Devil truly is a being that embodies all that is the opposite of good, wouldn’t it be the ultimate devious trick to fool everyone into wrongly categorizing evil (into monsters, demons, etc.), so that when the true evil is lurking about, we are none the wiser? Alluring. Deceptive. Malevolent. Wicked. Those things, I think, are evil.

  2. The Gimcracker 15 April 2009 at 9:15 am #

    Precisely. And the next question, then, would be “if the devil tempts us with things we want, why don’t we just worship him instead?” I guess my answer to that would be that we don’t really know what we want. When I was a kid I thought I wanted to eat endless chocolate and candy, then I realized I actually didn’t want that the older I got. Especially after I read The Chocolate Touch.

  3. jonathan 15 April 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    Brian. Nice observations here. I think you are right on line as far as the subtlety and vagueness of evil that makes it–perhaps–harder than we think to define in this world.

    I can’t wait to NOT see this movie.

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