What is perhaps the Most Incredible part of Discussing the Topic of Evil, and its Definition, Causes, and Sources is the way Individuals try to Justify Actions that They have Previously Maintained as EVIL OR IMMORAL, TO EXPLAIN THEIR BEHAVIOR THAT MAY BE SANCTIONED BY SOCIETY, FAMILY, OR FRIENDS.
Many of us would consider these EXPLANATIONS TO MITIGATE THE DEGREE OF RESPONSIBILITY ONE HAS FOR THEIR ACTIONS, JUST EXCUSES TO AVOID PUNISHMENT and REMAIN IN GOOD STANDING AMONG ANY GROUPS THEY ARE CONSIDERED A MEMBER OF.
This Leaves us with the following Dilemmas;
- Did The Individuals Committing the Acts, actually believe that these Behaviors were EVIL OR IMMORAL from the BEGINNING, OR WERE THEY JUST REPEATING WHAT WAS EXPECTED OF THEM TO AVOID CONFRONTATION, AND REMAIN A WELCOME MEMBER OF THE GROUP.
- When Social Attitudes, Legal Judgments, or Even a New Job make Certain Behaviors Unpopular and/or Illegal, how are we to Measure the Truthfulness or Sincerity of the Individual Who Now makes a Complete Turn Around, and Espouses Opinions that are the Exact Opposite of Those They Expressed in the Past.
In the Next Post on this Topic, we will look at some Examples from History.