Except for that... That's pure evil.
KeithBC wrote:I think this is one of those cases where language gets in the way of communication rather than aiding it. Making "evil" a noun gives it too much solidity. It makes it into a "thing" that could have inherent existence. I don't think it is that way.
It is much closer to reality to use it as an adjective. There are evil actions. Perhaps even evil people, or at least people who do evil actions.
In my definition, an action is evil if the person doing it intends it to inflict suffering. That makes it distinct from actions that are merely bad - those that cause suffering unintentionally. You might call a person evil if he or she habitually commits actions intended to inflict suffering.
But evil as an independent thing that can have characteristics and can influence people? No, I don't think so.
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Now that explains why I fel the way I do about you!catmoon wrote:A purely evil being simply could not function as a human being. A purely evil being would alienate everyone he encountered.
catmoon wrote:A purely evil being simply could not function as a human being. A purely evil being would alienate everyone he encountered.
gregkavarnos wrote:Now that explains why I fel the way I do about you!catmoon wrote:A purely evil being simply could not function as a human being. A purely evil being would alienate everyone he encountered.
Wesley1982 wrote:Generally I consider evil to be "things" and "actions" like murder, cruelty , child neglect , animal abuse , and other problems that we see.
It's important not to confuse the conventional and ultimate views. On the conventional level karma rules and we refer to it as the incontrovertible law of karma. From the ultimate perspective all is illusion and there is no difference between good and evil. But how often do we dwell in that state? It is difficult to remain in that state while acting in the world. The only reason for practicing the Six Yogas is to maintain the state of mahamudra in situations where it normally would be lost. Padmasambhava said our view should be high as the sky, but our actions should be as fine as flour.
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