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I agree with Gavin's comments about 'good' and 'evil'. Externalising these two and then making judgements about who is 'evil' and who is 'good' leads to witch trials, gas chambers, and bombs on tube trains. But to then use that as a justification for saying concepts of 'good' and 'evil' are irrelevant or even non-existant would seem to be unecessary, even downright foolish.
We all (almost all) have the capacity to make choices about how we behave and why we do what we do. To that extent 'good' and 'evil' exists within each one of us, laying on others is simply a way of denying our own guilt/complicity/potential to be just like 'them'. Hopefully, and mostly, we choose for 'good', but clearly not always - sometimes we may not even have the moral tools to be able to differentiate between 'good' and 'evil'. Sometimes our moral compass has been so abused we choose evil while being able to justify our choice as good (though I would guess, deep down, even then we know the truth - possibly excepting the results of severe mental illness).
This relates directly to our politicians pursuing illusory security through means which could easily end up perpetrating a greater evil on a greater number of people than the evil they are trying to avoid.Alisdair, 15 years ago.