Good, Evil, and Conscience

Essay by taimaishu25High School, 11th gradeA+, May 2004

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Emotion, when woven into the minds of humans, is the groundwork for the deadliest of weapons, and for the most righteous of actions. Malo, übel, malus, kwaad, diabolique, and evil, are all words to represent the symbolic extreme associated with the most destructive of human emotions, and its polar opposite, referred to as bueno, bon, gut, goed, bonus, and good (among others), constitutes the emotion to which all things benevolent are derived. In English, "good" and "evil" are simply names given to the symbolic extremes of this mindless confusion. These emotions, both having qualities primitive and civilized, are the ultimate concepts that so balance the dark scale of human thought, and are the basis by which all of our actions are judged (for if there were no judgment, there would be no need to probe further into the concept of human emotion).

In concept, humans, in search to classify judgment, created the idea of good and evil as a measuring system.

The concept is purely theoretical, extremely subjective, and has been known to vary greatly among peoples. Good and evil can be compared to the perception of "here" and "there", where "here" can change drastically according to where you are, and there is "purely" relative to "here" (so when "here" changes, so must "there", because you have a totally new perspective). Determining your morals, and thus, your concept of good and evil, is solely based on life experiences, environment, and the interaction of these two forces. Traditional good and evil are often denoted by common belief systems, such as the good versus evil stories presented in the Bible along with other religious texts. These systems survive the ages usually through preaching, practice, and studious work, and are now seen today as what one may call the "base perspective": the perspective...