This-essay is a7605151.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %Desirability of Evil 760515 Legalists promote human dichotomies. They classify behavior into the general categories "good" and "evil". Then, all to often they give the impression that normal motivation prompts people to do evil, and fails to prompt them to do good. Thus arises the necessity for the legalists' supply of rules, laws, policies, judgements, and punishments. People should do the good that they don't want to do, and should be helped in avoiding the evil they want to do. Legalists seem to regard human motivations as being inherently defective. Thus human motivation must be replaced with systematic programs for proper behavior---available for a price from the legalists. The price is the loss of human integrity and subjective earnestness. Perhaps it would be helpful to examine the origins of the categories "good" and "evil" and examine the roots of the assignment of behaviors to those categories. How biased are those who make the judgements? What was their childhood like? How provincial are they in their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual life? What special interests are served by their actions? In what collusions do they participate? Are their decisions reached in an open, democratic manner; or in an elitist, covert manner with the issues never being publicly defined? Are only experts permitted to testify---experts who share the same biases? How do experts regard those who are of contrasting opinions? Are their relationships those of community, or of alienation? The theory that evil is more desirable than good should be put to the test---by letting normal people know the natural consequences of various courses of action, free choose which course of action that they most desire, and then publicly share their objective/subjective perceptions of the wisdom of their choices. In this way it might be possible to determine whether or not evil is more desirable than good. Absent such evidence, there is no unbiased ground for a defensible conclusion. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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