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Can there be good, if evil didn't exist? [Nov. 13th, 2012|10:18 pm]
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[User Picture]From: emptysilentlife
2012-11-13 10:27 pm (UTC)

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I don't think so because I think those things are relative to each other.

If evil as we know it didn't exist then what we think of as bad or neutral or whatever would then shift to take the place of evil because it would be the worst thing on the scale of bad to good. So good would still exist, but evil would too. They have to exist together. I don't know if that makes sense at all.

Edited at 2012-11-13 10:30 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: xlightbringerx
2012-11-14 12:55 am (UTC)

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That's a good point. I pretty much agree with this comment. I also don't think it's possible for anybody to be completely good or completely evil, so they both must exist.
[User Picture]From: xphilega
2012-11-13 10:28 pm (UTC)

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Yes, because of apathy.
[User Picture]From: kelj99
2012-11-13 10:38 pm (UTC)

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This is what I think.
[User Picture]From: mikehz
2012-11-13 10:48 pm (UTC)

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This dilemma is often used as a proposed solution to the classic "problem of evil." (If God is all-good and all-powerful, then how can He permit evil to exist?) The theory suggests that evil has to exist for good to exist. The trouble with this is that it means that every time I pat a dog on the head, someone else somewhere is kicking a dog.

I think it depends on what your standard of "good" is. Good is that which promotes value. A "value" is that which one seeks to gain or keep. If life itself is taken as the primary value (since without life no other value is possible) then that which promotes life is good while that which negates it is evil.
[User Picture]From: noodledays
2012-11-13 10:55 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: ticktockman
2012-11-13 11:01 pm (UTC)

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The point is moot.

*daha*
[User Picture]From: x3_molly
2012-11-13 11:27 pm (UTC)

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No.

I also think most things aren't "entirely good" or "entirely evil." Some things are, yeah, but I think most walk a tightrope, so to speak, between good and evil-- most will also lean to one side, but there's always the potential for both.
[User Picture]From: hereisfar
2012-11-13 11:43 pm (UTC)

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Four could not be five if five did not exist.

Meh.
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2012-11-13 11:59 pm (UTC)

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Humans seem to have a capacity for thinking in dichotomies, whether from an innate ability or from early experiences with language, etc. So even if we were innately unable to behave any other way but compassionately ("good"), I think humans would be able to imagine cruelty, etc. ("evil").

We've done it with any other number of things, like mortality: everything dies, yet humans readily imagine all kinds of immortal beings.
[User Picture]From: mlledesade
2012-11-14 12:12 am (UTC)

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No. How can you define good without knowing what evil is?
[User Picture]From: dawgdays
2012-11-14 12:41 am (UTC)

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No.

It's difficult for me to think of something existing without it being in relation to something else. and when making value judgments such as good and evil, there has to be a differentiation between them in order to make the distinction. And saying that there must be a differentiation does not mean that there are equal amounts of good and evil.

Simply thinking of good as being the absence of evil doesn't work. Likewise, peace is not simply the absence of war or conflict - it's more active than that.

[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-11-14 02:40 am (UTC)

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Can there be evil without good?

Is it worthwhile to discuss since the world will always have both?