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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: 11/17/2020

Lot's of people have the tendency to think that evil is some kind of ultimate, purposeful, intrinsic yet negative aspect of reality that is grounded in the original Lord of Darkness struggling against the Lord of Light, or some version of yin yang contrast or opposite. It is posited that it is as necessary as goodness.

Others think that it 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. But evil doesn't always come at us with horns and a forked tail.

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 the constructs above may be–the author of the site is certain that they are wrong–, they MISS THE POINT and fail to provide a relevant or meaningful definition and/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 to and anchored in a deeper way to that which solely has ultimate value, that being life and its sustenance and enhancement. In numbers of people in ongoing generations suffering from malnutrition, it is hard to top the affect of it becoming fashionable in the orient to polish rice and denude it of the primary nutrition source in the shell of the unpolished brown rice. Hardly anything is more evil than white rice, or actually, the insane fashionable influence behind it.

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 demonic 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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