Good vs. Evil

Good vs. Evil

It's not a story, not a made up tale. This is our world. And from my 15 year old mind, I want to explain it to you.

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Our World

        Babies have sweet, innocent faces. They laugh because they're happy, they cry because they're sad. But the fact remains that a baby bites. A baby pulls hair. A baby gets frustrated and throws their toys on the floor. A baby is human, and humans are inherently evil.
        I'm 15 years old and I thought I had my understanding of the world sealed air tight. But bad things happen to good people. And good people aren't just good; they're evil. My mom left me when I was a baby. She did drugs, had sex, and only came around when she needed money or protection from bad people. My dad was an alcoholic living in his friend's basement, dating an underage girl. But my mom gives money to homeless people. She gives what she has to people less fortunate than her. My dad never abandoned me. He got sober to take care of me. I live in a world where bad people are good people, and vise versa.
        I love to make people smile. I crave the satisfaction of doing something good, knowing people with think better of me because of it. It's a selfish intention, of course. To only want to do something good if I'm going to benefit from it. And I also love to tear down the people who hurt me. I love to argue and start problems because it's fun. Babies bite, girls and boys fight, and parents leave. Nobody is good.
        Adolf Hitler killed millions of people just because they didn't meet his standards. Concentration camps full of disease, starvation, filth, and labor. Countries take things from the poor to give to the wealthy. Governments are corrupt. People are living in the streets with nothing but a grocery cart full of rotting bread to fill their empty bellies. But somehow people have the luxury to eat 3 course meals in their warm homes.
        People lie, murder, steal, rape, and destroy others. People throw innocent fathers, mothers, friends behind bars to shut them up.
        If you can say people are inherently good, how do you justify the evilness in the world? If human beings were naturally good, not an evil fiber in their body, how has our world come to be the way it is? If you explain it to me with religion, what about those of us who don't believe?
        I don't know if I believe in a god who creates monsters. I don't know if I believe in multiple gods who dictate where I belong in life. I believe in what is right in front of me.
        And in front of me is a world of pain. It's hard to see something that could be good but is so evil.
        Pardon me for bringing literature into this, but Lord of the Flies is my favorite example of good versus evil. When innocent boys, without supervision or civilization, are thrown together, they let fear and jealously and guilt drive them to become murderers. How can that happen to boys from previously good homes, from parents or guardians or some moral compass? If humanity is such a purely good thing, evil wouldn't exist. If you never had something bad to tarnish it with in the first place, nothing would ever be bad.
        What's the worst thing you've ever done? Got into a fight with someone? Called someone an ugly name? And what's the best thing? Both of those go hand in hand. Good compliments bad, and bad destroys good. It's human nature, it's mental, and it's very real in the world we live in together.
        So in the battle between good versus evil, friends become enemies, family divides, and blood is spilled.
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Huisfle
Good and evil don’t exist. Mao Ze Dong killed tons of people. Yet, the people of China look up to him. Adolf Hitler gassed millions of Jews, yet the Germans in WWII loved him. If Hitler, let’s say, took over the world, and his ideals are seen as the norm, most of us would definitely have the same mindset as him. If you don’t believe me, just look at how much See More▼
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SuperSnow
I can see what you're saying, but the existence of good and evil goes far beyond societal norms. Everybody has a basic understanding of right and wrong, at least most "normal" people with a typical upbringing. Just because it wasn't considered wrong to marry a 12 year old girl doesn't mean it was ever morally right. And just because people agreed with Hitler See More▼
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Huisfle
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention empathy. That plays a role to, but it’s still limited to what we were taught. Everyone would cheer at a public hanging a few centuries ago but most would probably cry or puke if it happened today. So I guess you can say empathy determines good and evil.
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Huisfle
“Typical upbringing”

Typical upbringing is different now than it is before, and it WILL change again. So yes, people’s moral will change again. Right and wrong, good and evil depends a lot on our family and community. If your entire society tells you murdering dogs is good and dogs are evil, and you’ve lived your entire life this way, you would think dogs are See More▼
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Mataways
But evil is always so weak. It never put ran the good. And we could such be so bad, that the bad corrupted itself. It’s our destiny. If course we have bad. But then we will get used to it. The balance. The good always comes it will never leave. We could’ve done this, but there is the pure evil. The lies who hypnotize. The other side is infamous. Which that other See More▼
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SuperSnow
I understand what you’re saying, but I have to disagree. Evil isn’t weak. It’s what we choose to act upon that makes the other weak. And yes there are good people. But they will always have evil intentions. My point in writing this wasn’t to say that there is no good. And good isn’t our destiny. It’s what we choose to do, how we choose to live our lives and treat See More▼
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Mataways
Exactly, everyone has good and evil in them. There is no pure good, and there is no pure evil.
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