I've been off of the board for awhile. It's good to be back.
Dave! You made Elder in some sort of record time, congratulations!
The whole topic of good and evil is a sensitive one at GV. Perhaps it is because so many contributors come from onetime Christian backgrounds and fear that they may be endangering their souls by exploring our favorite topics.
This feeling/opinion is not unique to GV; Western Civilization has descended into a pit of moral relativism. Everyone cries," Whose morality is right? Who is truly good? Aren't we just dealing with social conventions?".
The question of Good and Evil is predicated upon one or both of two hypotheses: either we define "Evil" as all that which is consciously inimicable to man, or we suppose an objective moral polarity in some discernable room of our universe of real experience.
In polite society it is possible to ignore Evil, or even fail to definitively encounter it. When pushed to extreme behavior, man begins to demonstrate our versions of "Good", and "Evil". Sometimes, just sometimes, we are blessed by encountering the figures behind the curtain that cast the shadows of our reality. True Evil and Good are unmistakeable when encountered, but being human, we quickly discount what we've seen or done, and convincing anyone else of our experience is about as possible as convincing anyone of anything, i.e. impossible.
Edited by Markway, 10 April 2006 - 04:20 AM.