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"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to
  one who is striking at the root."
- Henry David Thoreau
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"For since it is in the very nature of man to follow the guide of reason in his actions, if his intellect sins at all his will soon follows; and thus it happens that looseness of intellectual opinion influences human actions and perverts them. Whereas, on the other hand, if men be of sound mind and take their stand on true and solid principles, there will result a vast amount of benefits for the public and private good." - Pope Leo XIII

Definition of Evil
Updated: 04/01/2020

Lot's of people have the tendency to think that evil is some kind of ultimate, purposeful, intrinsic perversity that was spawned in or by an incarnate angel, then called Satan, now called the Devil. They have it that through a total and complete hatred of God, which is now prosecuted in a monstrous rebellion, the Devil currently campaigns to effectively maximize the pain and suffering of God and more directly those he loves.

A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; Men
alone are quite capable of every wickedness. – Joseph Conrad

However correct or incorrect this construct may be–the author of the site is certain that it is wrong–, IT MISSES THE POINT and fails to be a relevant or meaningful definition or description. All the definitions of goodness, badness, perversity, evil, right, reasonable or unreasonable, noble, judicious, honorable, pleasure, pain, ecstasy, suffering, etc., all the value-loaded terms must be relevant ot and anchored in a deeper way to that which solely has ultimate value, that being life and its sustenance and enhancement.

It’s too bad the word “evil” has been so compromised, so discredited,
by the people who use it all the time – bible-thumpers, hysterics, and
 religious fanatics. Evil shouldn’t be associated with horned demons and
eternal perdition. It just means something destructive, or recklessly
injurious. -
Doug Casey

So much of the time in the conversations and in the literature, the references to these aspects above take them for granted as if they have meaning in and of themselves, but they do not. ONLY in so far as they impinge on the SUSTENANCE and ENHANCEMENT of human life do they have meaning. Thus evil is ANYTHING that detracts from the sustenance and enhancement of life, or that decreases morale. This point MUST be clear and NEVER forgotten.!

See: The Holiday Trivialization of Good and Evil

See: The Evil of the Ordinary

See: The Problem of Evil

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