Evil = An intentional act or actor which you dislike enough to feel it needs to be eliminated, eradicated, extinguished or made totally impotent.
Calling something “evil” is more than just saying “I don’t like that at all!”. The word “evil” also has a demonizing effect — it calls for public action. Just as I wrote that the word “God” is often used to sanctifying that which we deeply value, so evil is used to demonize that which we abhor. Both “sanctifying” and “demonizing” put the subject beyond debate, capitalize on a myriad of other emotions, and graft on meaning: “Sanctifying” adds good ones, while “demonizing” add bad ones.
Like “God”, some folks abstract and concretize this notion of “evil” placing it in devils and demons.
The Vatican Newspaper (July 13, 2011) gave thumbs up to the recent Harry Potter film where Evil and Good are made clearly different and where evil is never attractive and always has consequences.
Question: If you think “evil” can be described objectively please tell me how?
My related Posts:
- See other “Word!” posts, here.
- Culture Does Not Exist : Another example of an abstract word being objectified.
- The Definition Myth : For those that think there are such things as set definitions.