Pure Evil

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1. The author states, “Moral evil is choice by which a person decides to be inhuman. I speak here not if a sin or defect – we all know sin and defects in our lives – but of the naked malice by which someone acts from a coldly hostile calculation.” Moral evil is the result of any negative event caused by the intentional action or inaction of a person. Examples of moral evil are cheating on one’s significant other and murder. Cheating on one’s significant other is considered a moral evil because it is not right to cheat on a significant other. The cheater can be held responsible for his actions and what he/she does is usually done intentionally. Another example is illegal drugs. This is a moral evil because a person knows exactly what the drugs are doing to themselves. Instead of stopping, they just continue on with harming their bodies, which is wrong.
2. “The ultimate criterion of evil is always the same: What do I want and how do I get it, regardless of the cost to others? Moral evil at its base is the ultimate ego trip.” Alcohol fulfills the criterion for moral evil. Alcoholics will do just about anything to get their hands on alcohol. They do not care if they hurt their loved ones or friends, they only care about getting alcohol and getting drunk. Eating disorders also fulfill the criterion for moral evil. People with eating disorders only care about what they look like and losing weight. They also do not think about how they are hurting their loved one and friends, instead their minds are thinking about calories and ways to burn them off.
3. “Ordinary people can find themselves drawn into complicity with evil if they are not attentive to what they do or with whom they throw their lot.” Human trafficking is an issue where peo...

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Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity. ~ Xun Zi. What Xun Zi is saying is that, it is in our blood to be evil. The goodness in the world comes from intentional actions that we take, that we might not even know that we do. Humans are made with evil in mind, it all started with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Maybe if they did not disobey God, we might not be programmed with evil intentions and thoughts.
All these words, words like ‘evil’ and ‘vicious’, they meant nothing to nature. Yes, evil was a human invention. ~John Marsden John Marsden is saying almost the same thing as Xun Zi. He is saying that evil was a human invention, which started with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The words evil and vicious do not mean anything in the world of nature, because no animals are evil or vicious. Evil started and will end with humans.
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