Beyond Good and Evil — Reader Q&A
The Problem of Evil: Crash Course Philosophy #13
The Question of “Good” Versus “Evil”
God, and evil, are two of the biggest issues one can possibly discuss. And when they are brought together this is not something any short article can do proper justice to — not when entire libraries are filled with books seeking to deal with such mega-themes. And even they only scratch the surface. So this may be a rather foolish endeavour, but let me proceed anyway. Attempts to deal with the long-standing issue of suffering and evil, and why a loving God would allow all this, is what we refer to as a theodicy. I have nothing new to offer here, but will just share some of the old received wisdom on this.
In a galaxy far, far away, the Jedi are portrayed as a representation of good in conflict with the Sith, their evil counterparts, dark forces who could destroy the universe. The debate about what is moral continues to weigh heavily on our consciences. Socially acceptable behavior and our ability to fit in are closely tied with our knowledge and understanding of the moral status quo. But is it just a status quo or rock-and-mortar natural law? What if morality is ever changing and follows trends set by the people in charge? Then the good-versus-evil debate might be simply a psychological tactic for control. What we call morality could be considered a level of consciousness, a perspective from which to view the world.
The classical "problem of evil" is one that has been around for millennia. In one way it can be seen as purely a philosophical or academic quandary that could somehow be solved with an appropriate philosophical insight and argument. In another sense, though, it is a more-than-academic question. When the problem is encountered in one's personal life experience it often becomes an existential problem, i. When our life is still in the age of innocence and we still believe that everything that happens in the world is just and right, we see no appearance of contradiction between the Ways of Justice and our experience in the world. Nothing that we experience in the world radically violates our sense of how things ought to be. But at some point it may happen in a life that someone you love deeply and someone you know to be a good person perhaps this person might even be you has the tragic misfortune of having to undergo a great and undeserved suffering.
In my own experience and in talking with other parents, questions from kids about the evil and suffering in our world are often the most difficult to answer. Some of these questions can leave us squirming to find the right words…and wondering if we just said something that is biblical at all! Let me introduce you to Dr.
extreme make love not war
In religion , ethics , philosophy , and psychology " good and evil " is a very common dichotomy. Evil , in a general context, is the absence or opposite of that which is described as being good. Often, evil is used to denote profound immorality. The modern philosophical questions regarding good and evil are subsumed into three major areas of study: meta-ethics concerning the nature of good and evil, normative ethics concerning how we ought to behave, and applied ethics concerning particular moral issues. A sense of moral judgment and a distinction "right and wrong, good and bad" are cultural universals.