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Good (pleasant synonymous with pleasure) versus Evil(cruelty): callous indifference to or pleasure in causing pain and suffering.
General consensus: There are some acts (such as rape, pedophilia, abuse, etc.) that we can say are acts of evil because these acts use force and causes injury to others who are innocent.
Let’s look at how some acts aren’t inherently (permanently) evil. Good and evil is just in the eye and mind of the beholder. I also believe peoples’ ideas on morality vs. immorality is widely based on the system they have chosen that governs their lives.
We can even say that causing harm to animals who feel pain just to taste flesh is cruelty. But some would argue based on their various beliefs that this isn’t “evil.” And if animal activists actually won the fight to have the killing of animals banned, many meat eaters would be angry.
Benevolent vs. Malevolent (ill-disposed, spiteful (deliberately causing harm based on being hurt), envious(jealous)
Morality vs. Immorality: “associated with or characterized by right behavior,” also “associated with or concerning conduct or moral principles” (good or bad), from Old French (14c.) and directly from Latin “proper behavior of a person in society,”
In the U.S. it’s immoral to have several wives or husbands. But in other tribes/cultures, it is actually moral/acceptable to have multiple wives or husbands. This is a tricky topic that I do not have all of the answers to. There are so many blurred lines and even one religious belief does not constitute acts that are moral versus immoral. We can look in the Old Testament and see where the Bible God allowed incest (Lot and his daughters), genocide, rape, and other acts to transpire based on “his” ultimate plan.
I can say this, though. Although, we may have our own ideas surrounding what good vs. evil, moral vs. immoral, or sinful vs. righteous is, it is a fact that the energy of love and the energy of evil does not discriminate. A person of the Christian faith can be murdered just as much as someone who is an atheist. Just look in the news. There have been many church shootings and church bombings throughout history. An act of evil or good does not discriminate based on the title you want to put on yourself.
Success: a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.
The key word here is PROSPERITY, which is subjective. I will go into another post concerning the illegitimacy of the western world’s prosperity doctrine. Your chosen path in life could possibly be the determinant of what success is to YOU. Success for one person may be based on having prosperity (a peace of mind and living minimally). Success for someone else who is following the prosperity doctrine under Creflo Dollar would be materialistic wealth, big home, luxury vehicle, etc. Looking at success in an unbiased way and more universally, I can conclude that success (serendipity) or failure (misfortune) is also not handed to a person based on a chosen path. Success is based on your own individual efforts to an end result. Failure is based on the lack of pursuit to a certain outcome. So if I fail to promote my self-published book or limit myself to certain engagements, then my book won’t be successful. BUT, it is based on THAT ALONE and not based on my failure to believe in a deity. Because I don’t choose to follow Krishna, that does not mean my success rate of authorship will decrease. If I fail to follow Buddha, it still won’t affect the success of my book. But, if I fail to put my all into my work and promote it diligently, then I will not reach my goals.
In order to have a balanced idea of right or wrong, we have to put the blindfolds on so that we don’t judge with our physical eyes, but just based on a person’s heart and intentions. Shaming a person because they do not attach themselves to a title is not going to help humanity as a whole. Shaming a person because they do not have a certain level of education or social status is not going to bring humanity anywhere in our evolution process.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree that some acts are universally corrupt such as the acts described above? Can we say that some acts are neutral (neither good or evil but based on the intention of the act)? Do you agree with the blindfold justice principle?