In general, evil is a term used for anything that is opposite to what is known as good. Evil is often equated to immorality, and is associated to certain manners that include hatred, anger, selfishness, revenge, and neglect. Various religions have influenced people with such notions about evil.
There are several notions about things that are evil. Some people say that things are relatively evil when such things cause pain or hurt to a person. In contrast, things are not necessarily good even if they are morally good. The understanding of good and evil has evolved over the years, and decades. In the past, people have always stuck with what is morally good and evil. Black is black and white is white.
The Bible displays are clear distinction between the two. Traditionally, people based their judgment about what is good and evil on what the Bible says. Other than that, there is nothing else.
Today, good and evil have been twisted to make way for the evolution of man, not a physical evolution but more of a moral and social evolution. What used to be a moral sin, given that no person has been harmed or taken granted for, is now considered good. The standard and the basis of good and evil has changed.
Dealing with what is evil
Despite the change in the understanding of good and evil, specifically evil, there is still some hesitation and reluctance when it comes to sharing things that are evil. People still feel that awkward feeling when talking about things that are evil. They still have that little consciousness that evil is evil. So where did this reluctance come from?
Despite the evolution of people’s belief, people have always had that innate belief that there is a Supreme Being that is absolute and highest being high above all creation, which include people, plants and animals. This highest being is considered as the creator of everything.
The Supreme Being has the power and authority to judge every human, man and woman, according to what has been done on earth, and towards their neighbor. People have a general understanding that for every good deed, there is a reward awaiting for those acts of kindness. On the other hand there is a punishment awaiting those who have exhibited otherwise.
People have an inherent fright about the punishment that is waiting for every evil deed done on earth and towards others. Because of this inherent fear, people behave in such a way that no evil deed is acted upon nor evil word said. If we do so, the terrible punishment that is waiting for every evil deed will surely be met.
There is a part in human beings that is punishment driven. We fear punishment so we obey certain rules or avoid doing that which is wrong or evil. So we try to the contrary which is good to avoid punishment.
The thought about the punishment has always been dreading. The castigation is thought to be painful, sorrowful and agonizing. The worst part about this punishment is that it is experienced for eternity. No one would want to live in that so people strive to do what is good and would rather share things that are good.
As time went on, people have different notions about evil. Nowadays, like what was previously mentioned, what is evil to one may not be evil to others. But everyone else is still aware or conscious about the moral evil.
Every little thing that we consider evil is always based on our general concept of moral evil. While we have distorted some of those “little evil” and accepted them as good based on evolution of man, we still cannot separate from the fact that there is still that morality that go back to. And frankly, a huge percentage of the population is still living and believing on that.
Those who have distorted the idea of evil belong to a minor fraction of the entire population and are thus categorized as minority. They, collectively, can believe and fight for their rights and their principles, however, when they are out there in their own individual lives, they would still be confined to the moral standards of their families or communities, and somehow, still behave like so within those moral standards.
Can they live out of those standards? Yes, they can but they would have to face the consequences of imposed by the family or community. And many would rather be confined in the moral standards to please the family or community rather than risk it all, stay out of their will and pay the cost.
Evil is still real and the consequences for evil is as real. People may have distorted the idea of evil and have made several evil things acceptable. But we still cannot distance ourselves from the fear that we might face if we choose to accept and live in what is evil because truth be told, the consequences are as real.
How much do you know about good and evil?
Would you have been willing to face the consequence should you have chosen to live and share evil?
Do you still believe in good?