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Pure Evil: Humanly Impossible.

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Pure Evil: Humanly Impossible In confidently stating that no human being, under any circumstances, would choose evil over goodness, Socrates believed that we are our souls. If a person is identified by their soul, then all actions he or she willingly performs are done so after carefully examining ones soul. Unless you look into your psyche, where lies the conscious self, you are not reflectively thinking. Socrates believed such a thing since he felt it was against human nature to desire what is ultimately harmful or evil for the soul. In other words, if a person acquired the knowledge to distinguish between good and evil, he or she would only perform acts of goodness voluntarily. Socrates makes such a bold statement by holding a strong belief against the human beings weakness of will. He did not accept the idea that people gave in to the evil side, but rather that they lacked sufficient knowledge, therefore the acts of evil committed were caused through ignorance. ...read more.


The adult is under the false impression that physical beatings will help the child understand a concept. In this persons mind, he or she is doing what they feel is best or what they feel is necessary to resort to solving the problem. In this case, behaviour is guided by the belief towards the right way to handle a situation. Theoretically, a person should carefully examine their soul before acting in any way, since this is where all the achieved knowledge is stored. Besides not having enough knowledge to truly understand what evil is, people do not take the time to fully evaluate their actions, which can also result in wrong doings. These wrong doings cannot be blamed on the people themselves since their soul was not consulted prior to the actions, by keeping Socrates assumption in mind; that we are our souls. Socrates' statement appears counterintuitive at first, when contrasting his view upon the world as we see it, which seems to thrive on evil and greed. ...read more.


This is eventually caused by lack of the ignorant mind's ability to identify and interpret evil in the midst of a situation, therefore lack of sufficient wisdom and knowledge. While a person is manipulatively weaving an intricate lie to feed their spouse as to explain why he or she was late for supper while hiding an affair, in the persons mind, this way of getting out of the situation is better than starting an argument, which could in turn disrupt the kids and cause a huge commotion. In these cases, we are not looking into our souls to find the answer to our problem, we are simply interested in immediate pleasure; therefore we are living the unexamined life while ignoring our conscious. The problem arises when one does this so often that he or she is unaware of the differences between good and evil. Going back to Socrates, the person is still doing evil involuntarily, since the body's instincts take over and continue habits that were formerly created. The psyche is no longer being examined, therefore lacking excellence and the capacity to reason and reflect. Pure Evil: Humanly Impossible Philosophy Fhameeda Adam Champlain Regional College September 24, 2003 St-Lambert, Quebec Canada ...read more.

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