What is evil?

Question from the Internet:

“Why do humans tolerate & accept evil as normal?”

We do not think of it as evil, as it is the only “normal” we know.

We are all “programmed” with an inherently self-serving, self-justifying, subjective and individualistic nature, we are all programmed to survive, succeed at the expense of others, we imagine evolution as the survival of the fittest meaning the survival of the most powerful that can take everything he wants from the weaker.

This is neither sinful nor is it evil as we had no free choice about the nature evolution created us with.

So we accept our subjective, exploitative lifestyle as the norm, this is what we are educated for, this what society is built upon, this is what we admire when we look at the “powerful, rich and famous”.

Of course our lifestyle, inherent inclination is not normal in the grand scheme of things, we are totally incompatible with Nature’s lawful, integral system behaving as cancer, and we also see such behavior as evil when we are on the wrong end of the clash between the powerful and weak, between the more and less egoistic, exploitative parts of society.

Our human uniqueness in Nature is our inherent incompatibility with the system and our unique human mind that is capable of critical self-assessment and initiating self-change.

Thus we are capable of recognizing our own inherent nature as “evil”, as something self-destructing — which recognition started on a mass scale in our generation — and as a result we can start a conscious, methodical, active self-change, purposefully adapting ourselves to Nature’s laws that sustain the balance and homeostasis life depends on.

This self-recognition and subsequent self-change, self-refinement will make us truly Human, becoming a unique, conscious part of Nature’s perfect system that can witness and complement Nature’s perfection from within as a result of our unparalleled duality between our original, instinctively cancer-like and acquired Nature-like program, behavior.



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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.