Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Good and Evil
Good is the harmony of conduct with right reason and desire that results in happiness. By right reason humans are possessed of the power to give intelligibility to the intelligible - and this not as a matter of self-interest, but because of the intrinsic worth of truth and beauty.
Evil is a negation of the good, whether as a deficiency or by destroying the good. It is not being, but the privation of being; thus, there is no supreme, independent principle of evil. Ignorance - a deficiency of knowledge - is an evil. Murder - unjustly depriving another of life - is another evil.