Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What is injustice? What is evil?

What is the nature of evil?
How do we recognize it?
What are its components?
We are developing our own definitions of evil based on our reading of
No Country for Old Men.
evil generally seeks own benefit at the expense of others murder of innocents
genocide, killing a baby
morally objectionable behavior

morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
abuse of power
intentional pain or harm, is offensive, or threatening 
dehumanizing, pain, oppression, hatred 
profound selfishness
deliberate cruelty

According to M.Scott Peck: evil is a character disorder;
an evil person:
Is consistently self deceiving, with the intent of avoiding guilt and maintaining a self image of perfection
Deceives others as a consequence of their own self deception
Projects his or her evils and sins onto very specific targets  --scapegoats --while being apparently normal with everyone else
Commonly hates with the pretense of love, for the purposes of self deception as much as deception of others
Abuses political (emotional) power
Maintains a high level of respectability and lies incessantly in order to do so
Is consistent in his or her sins. Evil persons are characterized not so much by the magnitude of their sins, but by their consistency (of destructiveness)
Is unable to think from the viewpoint of their victim (scapegoat)
Has a covert intolerance to criticism and other forms of narcissistic injury

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