May 03, 2004

Evil

There are four kinds of evil in the world.

1. Corruption
2. Amorality
3. Evil for a good cause
4. Evil intent

All human institutions suffer to some extent from corruption, but for some of them, corruption is their primary purpose.

Most of the world’s regimes are corrupt.

The Roman Empire is an example of an amoral regime – it would do what was necessary to maintain its power – including genocide, but it did not pursue these methods when its power wasn’t threatened.

The Soviet Union is an example of pursing evil for a good cause. I consider this more immoral than amorality – both for the practical reason that it usually results in more evil than simple amorality (the “good” cause never goes away), but also because it confuses the thinking of good people, who find themselves unable to distinguish between the good and evil.

Nazi Germany is an example of Evil intent. The foundations of the regime – its declared purpose, its reason to be – was evil.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at May 3, 2004 09:07 AM
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Uh, David, how can you distinguish between 3 and 4? Have you read Mein Kampf, or even selected quotes from it? Hitler (ym"sh) thought he was doing the world a favor. And how could you say that communism is a "good" cause? Have you read any Marx? You didn't put quotes around the word "good," so are you implying that communism has some redeeming value in any way?! Communism, and it's (very) close cousin Nazism (National SOCIALIST German WORKER'S Party) are both intrinsically evil. There is not one redeeming feature of either (very similar) ideology.

Posted by: Scott at May 5, 2004 10:49 AM Permalink

Just came across this by accident as I was wanting to compare amorality and evil-or at least find a discussion of such a comparison.

I must say, though, that I strongly disagree as equating amorality as an evil.

Some of the most important philosophical systems have promoted amorality as a developmental neccessity (philosphical Taoism, Nietzsche) and I would tend to agree. Amorality is not evil and saying that it is a gross distortion. Amorality is not immorality.

Posted by: Paul at January 18, 2005 05:13 PM Permalink

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