This-essay is a7709261.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 ========================================================== %EVIL-2 770926 Evil is not an objective reality. Evil is an subjective projection on the part of people who want an objective explanation for misfortunes, accidents, incompetence, imperfection, tragedies, etc. Such people seek to identify an incarnation of a source of frustration and suffering---so as to have a scapegoat to be sacrificed in an effort to eliminate the frustration and suffering. The injustices in their selections of scape-goats---add to the frustrations and suffering which they ostensibly seek to reduce. The use of the category "evil" tends to compound the problems which the use of the category "evil" is supposed to solve. The problems are real, but there is no objective reality which corresponds to the category "evil". The problems call for honest attention and loving concern, not for categorization and scape-goating. Love is self-sacrificial. Use of the category "evil" promotes the sacrifice of scape-goats who have not volunteered to be sacrificed. The identification of "the evil people" is not a just process, because it is not motivated by love; it is a process which is motivated by fear which does not know love and so promotes excommunication which occasion the conditions associated with "evil". People who are the incarnation of "evil" must logically by excommunicated in an irrational attempt to promote a more closely knit community---because "evil" people are presumably agents in opposition to Love---the power unconditionally promoting open channels of communication. Some people avoid concentrating upon "evil" by approaching the situation by indirection---they focus upon "good" people, those who are not "good" by implication being the "evil" people. This is a more positive approach, but it does not avoid the generation of the problems associated with "evil". The identification of the "good" people is a process which leads to self- righteousness and excommunication of "evil" scape-goats. When the focus is upon the "good" people they tend to be indifferent to "evil" people; indifference being the opposite to love. Indifference involves less communication than hate and animosity. The essence of love is the facilitation of communication. "Evil" is not a helpful category in that its use undermines communication. (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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