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Old April 11th, 2016, 04:39 AM   #1
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the existence of evil

Crime Library: Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins | Crime Museum

Please read and indicate what you think these "bothersome feelings" Gaskins described were ?

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Old April 11th, 2016, 05:51 AM   #2
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Obviously, his cheese fell off his cracker very early in life.

In other words, mental illness, rather than he was somehow "possessed by evil". No such trait exists. One has seen too many horror flicks if one believe it does.


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Old April 11th, 2016, 09:50 AM   #3
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Obviously, his cheese fell off his cracker very early in life.

In other words, mental illness, rather than he was somehow "possessed by evil". No such trait exists. One has seen too many horror flicks if one believe it does.
you don't believe in evil?
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Old April 11th, 2016, 11:14 AM   #4
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Evil is a term man has created to define incidents unacceptable to one section of society or another. What one considers to be "Evil" another does not...thus is it an arbitrary term.

I personally consider the Pro-Life movement to be unacceptable attempts at forcing opinion on the lives of others...you could call it evil. Those who wish to ban abortion will call me evil for believing as I do.
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Old April 11th, 2016, 11:58 AM   #5
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you don't believe in evil?
Sure! I have used many of the synonyms for the word:

Evil Synonyms, Evil Antonyms | Thesaurus.com

But I don't believe there is somehow something supernatural about it.
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Old April 12th, 2016, 05:07 AM   #6
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Evil is a term man has created to define incidents unacceptable to one section of society or another. What one considers to be "Evil" another does not...thus is it an arbitrary term.


is the evil detailed in the url above...arbitrary? would you say its evil to some in society and not evil to others?
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Old April 12th, 2016, 05:11 AM   #7
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In other words, mental illness, rather than he was somehow "possessed by evil". No such trait exists.

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Sure! I have used many of the synonyms for the word...

it exists or it doesn't? please make up your mind.
within two posts you've said it doesn't and then that it does.

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is the evil detailed in the url above...arbitrary? would you say its evil to some in society and not evil to others?
I would say - certainly! To the cannibals, what they do is not evil.
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Old April 12th, 2016, 05:45 AM   #9
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it exists or it doesn't? please make up your mind.
within two posts you've said it doesn't and then that it does.

It exists in several's minds and linguistics.

I don't believe certain people are destined to perform acts called evil on the day they are born.

For some people, things "snowball" which results in them being called an evil person.

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Old April 28th, 2016, 04:20 AM   #10
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another old tale of evil....

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crim...icle-1.2281387

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ďItís a rotten world. Thereís no answer to it but meanness. Thatís all anybody understands ó meanness. Burn down the manís barn-heíll understand that. Poison his dog. Kill him.Ē
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Old April 28th, 2016, 04:28 AM   #11
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"Evil" is nothing more than someone or something you massively dislike, so you call it/them evil. Like: "That hot sauce was evil!".

Why are you fixated on evil?
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Old April 28th, 2016, 05:40 AM   #12
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is the evil detailed in the url above...arbitrary? would you say its evil to some in society and not evil to others?
Yes....I would. I as a matter of fact would not term this man as evil. He was a mentally screwed up person made eve worse by life circumstances and opportunity. His "Actions" were certainly disturbing and terrible, but the term evil does not come to mind.
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Old April 28th, 2016, 05:57 AM   #13
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Why are you fixated on evil?

one thread dedicated to noting evidence of evil does not equal fixation. you have more threads than that dedicated to homosexual dreams.

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Old April 28th, 2016, 06:08 AM   #14
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rationalizing and intellectualizing evil reduces reduced one's anxiety, allowing one to feel safer and more in control.

"if I can contain it in this box I am in control and don't have to worry".
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one thread dedicated to noting evidence of evil does not equal fixation. you have more threads than that dedicated to homosexual dreams.

Actually, only one general dream thread.
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Old May 1st, 2016, 05:23 PM   #16
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Good and evil are arbitrary constructs used to describe a position on a society's moral compass. The closest you'll come to an objective good/evil is various moral situations in which a view is commonly held across time and culture, ie. murder being evil and charity being good. Even then it's simple coincidence (and hardly universal) rather than a true objective fact.
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 09:49 AM   #17
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"...discussing cultural relativism with cultural relativists is like playing tennis with some guy who says, 'Your ace is just a social construct.'"

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Old May 2nd, 2016, 10:23 AM   #18
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"...discussing cultural relativism with cultural relativists is like playing tennis with some guy who says, 'Your ace is just a social construct.'"

Mark Steyn
So is that a good or a bad thing?

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Old May 2nd, 2016, 11:23 AM   #19
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So is that a good or a bad thing
"good" or "bad" are a social constructs too, so it's kind of hard to say. in fact hard is a social construct as well, so it's hard to say it's "hard" to say.

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Old May 2nd, 2016, 11:28 AM   #20
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"good" or "bad" are a social constructs too, so it's kind of hard to say. in fact hard is a social construct as well, so it's hard to say it's "hard" to say.
Now you sound like Bill Clinton saying it depends on what the definition of is, is.
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