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Evil

We last discussed this topic over 2 years ago, on May 10th of 2010. In light of several recent events, it seems appropriate to revisit the topic. Many people use the term, “evil”, but it’s unlikely all who use the term would agree on what the term means. How do you define the term? Is it an internal or external force? Is it a disease of nature or a choice of action? Is a harmful act evil if it’s unintentional? Does evil have a purpose? Can understanding evil help us live a better life? Can evil be scientifically diagnosed, treated and healed? Can good ever come of evil? Is it possible to hate evil acts but love the evil-doer, and if so, is it wise to do so? And, perhaps most importantly, how should we, as a society, deal with evil in our midst?

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  • Vernon

    The premise of the discussion is only that the term is used by many when reacting to the latest "atrocity", often without any clear definition in mind. One purpose of the discussion will be be discuss exactly the point Joe Harmon raises ... is "Evil" anything more than a somewhat arbitrary mental construct.

    July 22, 2012

  • Joe H.

    By your discussion topics it seems like you have pre-determined that evil exists in the real world? Is that really the starting point for this Meetup or is it open to discussion that evil may merely be a mental construct by one meaningless species in a universe so big that we don't know what big means?

    July 22, 2012

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