The existance of evil (With updated comment)
by Albert 1

# 1. 8/19/08 3:22 PM by Hawkeye - East Rochester, NY
Of course there would be evil if all the humans were removed. Ever hear of crab grass? That's pure evil.

Editor's Note: Makes a tasty treat for many tasty animals.

It's all relative.

# 2. 8/19/08 3:50 PM by Michael - Las Vegas
Nor would there be good.

And happy birthday, BTW.

Editor's Note: I'm posting this assuming you are the LV Michael, at least I hope so.

And you get the prize for helping me make my point.

# 3. 8/19/08 5:17 PM by albert 1
Regarding this question I refer readers to my today's column of my Bible speaking to me.

I think sometimes it can contradict better than I AM able to. Or wait, another thought just clicked. Parallel voices perhaps?

Editor's Note: :=)

# 4. 8/20/08 9:39 PM by TOV
Only the perception of 'evil' would disappear

Editor's Note: Then you must explain to me if evil is actual rather than just real (you do know the difference dont you?)what are its attributes?

Evil of a relative sense measured against a standard is one thing, but evil as an absolute is something very different.

# 5. 3/29/14 1:32 PM by Albert 1
A note to readers of the TOV comment following this column. Mary and I brought WOTL's condolences to Timothy Villard's family after his untimely passing. He was one of WOTL's more intense and outspoken members of a road few travel.

Editor's Note: N.T

# 6. 3/31/14 5:56 AM by little john - Mount Morris, NY
thumbsup.gif Thanx for the amazing and intriguing question... It piqued my curiosity this morning...

========================================== exist-stance???ex-is-stance? perspective; point of view...frames of reference???

The existence of evil (With updated comment)

a question placed in context

If all humans were removed from the planet would any evil remain?

Note I said Evil, not unpleasantness such as one animal eating another.

had to scrape and paste to keep my focus....

Evil is live spelled from right to left. Makes me wonder which side of the looking glass evil is on and good, (or Doog) is reflecting with inverted moralities...

When evil is done in good's name is it good or is it evil.

To live good, is it necessary to die to avoid evil?

God reflects dog and live reflects evil, I guess that is why they say Dog is man's best friend and a man is only as good as his nam(e), which is his word, in the illiterate world of savage barbarians from which all we humans have descended...(note the play on words there, Albert?)

All humans are not humane and all humanity is not civility. Civilization has a very dark side when seen through the dark glasses of historical times. A narrow myopic tunnelvision of editorial license to fool the reader into believing things that are not entirely true...

I digress. Back to the question.

A void of humans would precipitate a void in humanity, by definition. But the perception of evil, as an alien force would still be potentially present due to circumstances beyond the control of any new inhabitants...

Same/same as humans...(from Gulliver's Travels?)

A Yahoo is a legendary being in the novel Gulliver's Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift.

Swift describes them as being filthy and with unpleasant habits, resembling human beings far too closely for the liking of protagonist Lemuel Gulliver, who finds the calm and rational society of intelligent horses, the Houyhnhnms, greatly preferable. The Yahoos are primitive creatures obsessed with "pretty stones" they find by digging in mud, thus representing the distasteful materialism and ignorant elitism Swift encountered in Britain. Hence the term "yahoo" has come to mean "a crude, brutish or obscenely coarse person".[1]

American frontiersman Daniel Boone, who often used terms from Gulliver's Travels, claimed that he killed a hairy giant that he called a Yahoo.[2]

Editor's Note: You actually mentioned a major clue at the beginning of your long comment.

The catch for defining evil is to first agree on a standard definition which is appropriate for our dialog.

Allow me the 'our' since admitting more participants only creates an environment I could liken to the Tower of Babel.

For discussion purposes lets call life and what sustains it 'good'

Lets call it's antonym 'bad' or 'evil' in the relative sense of our lives.

Evil then becomes what is contrary to (our) lives and living.

Notice I Am purposely thinking in a very narrow context of (our).

Now return to the title's question.

No 'us'on the planet either living or dead, relativity no longer has a standard or reference point for the evil as we have for discussion purposes narrowly defined it to exist.

There is a great lesson in the Bible concerning the Apple of Knowledge or Knowing and the Tree of Good and Evil.

That chapter meshes well with the subject under discussion.

Unfortunately the Bible was found by the ruling elite to be a useful tool in controlling t,he people.

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