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25 Examples of Everyday Evil
Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2009 | John Hawkins

Posted on 04/14/2009 4:51:05 AM PDT by Kaslin

When the average person thinks "evil," he thinks of a cruelly-featured, sneering, bestial man wickedly twirling his mustache as he draws perverse delight from inflicting misery on his fellow human beings.

People who fit the almost cartoonish definition we've grown accustomed to viewing as evil, certainly do exist -- and we hear about those dictators, serial killers, hit men, & psychopaths on the nightly news.

But, it's a mistake to believe that those are the only people who do evil or that only activities that rise to the level of murder, rape, or armed robbery are sins. The worst of the worst may deserve especially strong condemnation, but small cruelties committed by unthinking people -- who view themselves as good and just, despite their sometimes malicious actions -- have done more than most people realize to spread evil, degrade civilization, and drag our culture into the sewers.

That's the everyday reality we live with, especially in prosperous, civilized nations like America. For the average person, on a typical day, the evil that comes into his life isn't from some modern day Snidely Whiplash; it's from other ordinary people: his co-workers and random folks he passes on the street during his everyday life.

Yes, "good people" can and often do perform evil acts that should be incompatible with their view of themselves as decent human beings. Unfortunately, it's our nature to lapse into malevolent behavior sometimes and if we're not paying attention, we can sometimes engage in it for quite a while without even truly realizing how far we've drifted from our values.

With that in mind, evil is...

1) Anonymously emailing death threats.

2) Suing someone who did nothing wrong in order to try to collect a big payday.

3) Passing on information that you know is a lie about a political opponent.

4) Posting someone's phone number or address online in an effort to intimidate him or worse yet, in hopes that someone will try to hurt him.

5) Putting an earmark in a bill in order to enrich your friends, family, or yourself.

6) A witty comedian telling a brilliant joke about how dumb people are to do the right thing.

7) Breaking into a house and encouraging people to engage in squatting.

8) Lying to a woman to get her to sleep with you.

9) Being an online troll.

10) Trying to convince people to do something that's immoral, unethical, or just plain old wrong so that you'll feel better about doing it yourself.

11) Spreading a conspiracy theory you don't believe in to draw in traffic for your website.

12) Spraying graffiti on someone else's property.

13) Watching someone drop money on the ground and keeping it instead of giving it back to him.

14) A pastor who waters down his Christian beliefs because they conflict with political correctness.

15) Hacking into someone else's computer.

16) Choosing not to help pay for your own children's livelihood.

17) Spreading malicious rumors about friends and co-workers.

18) Aborting your child because it's inconvenient.

19) Deliberately undermining someone else's marriage.

20) Trying to rig an election, win a seat in the courts that you lost at the ballot box, or trying to insure phony votes are counted.

21) An atheist trying to ruin other people's faith in God to make himself feel better about his own unbelief.

22) Writing a virus that infects someone's computer.

23) Living off the charity of others or the government dole AND feeling no shame over it.

24) Mocking someone whose politics you disagree with right after he dies.

25) Knowingly accusing an innocent person of racism.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: evil; johnhawkins

1 posted on 04/14/2009 4:51:05 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I’m not sure what point the author was trying to make?


2 posted on 04/14/2009 4:54:57 AM PDT by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: Kaslin

Some of these examples may qualify as evil, but a lot of them are simply morally wrong. To classify relatively trival moral lapses like being an online troll as “evil” diminishes and trivalizes what true evil is.


3 posted on 04/14/2009 4:55:00 AM PDT by Hugin (GSA! (Goodbye sweet America))
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To: Hugin

Most of these are approved by the Democratic party


4 posted on 04/14/2009 4:56:44 AM PDT by NewCenturions
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To: Kaslin

Setting out to destroy a political opponent by spreading false rumors or mocking him/her because he/she is not PC. (ala Sarah Palin).


5 posted on 04/14/2009 4:57:57 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Kaslin

Hitler didn’t rise to power with promises of mass murder and global warfare. He came to power with the face of smiling children and social justice.


6 posted on 04/14/2009 4:58:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Hugin

An example of true evil: breaking a bank of a country to make billions, and then later leveraging that ill-gained wealth and political acornery to break an even bigger country


7 posted on 04/14/2009 4:58:43 AM PDT by C210N (The television has mounted the most serious assault on Republicanism since Das Kapital.)
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To: Hugin
Some of these examples may qualify as evil, but a lot of them are simply morally wrong. To classify relatively trival moral lapses like being an online troll as “evil” diminishes and trivalizes what true evil is.

And the difference is....? Immorality is evil in all of its decadence. It's all about following Satan's siren call.

8 posted on 04/14/2009 5:00:47 AM PDT by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue. http://www.thekingsmen.us/)
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To: Kaslin

Sending any child to a government school.

Sending almost any child to any school.


9 posted on 04/14/2009 5:01:08 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If Bishop D'Arcy finds out a priest is molesting kids, he will boycott the parish's Fall Supper!!!)
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To: Hugin
To classify relatively trival moral lapses like being an online troll as “evil” diminishes and trivalizes what true evil is.

The face of true evil

10 posted on 04/14/2009 5:03:58 AM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: cripplecreek

[Hitler didn’t rise to power with promises of mass murder and global warfare. He came to power with the face of smiling children and social justice.]

And it is happening in America today. The main cause is the abandonment of the Word of God for the lies of mankind.
If a man will beleive how that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again the third day, he shall be saved.
All else results in death,destruction and despair. And so it is.


11 posted on 04/14/2009 5:06:04 AM PDT by kindred (Conservatives have 4 years to start a new conservative party or lose more elections.)
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To: Kaslin

#1 should be: Being a liberal.


12 posted on 04/14/2009 5:07:42 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Hugin

I thoroughly agree.


13 posted on 04/14/2009 5:08:23 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t see Obama on the list. PPpppfffffttttt....


14 posted on 04/14/2009 5:09:15 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Desdemona

And the difference is....?

If you can’t see the difference between being a relatively harmless selfish jerk and being a monster who destroys peoples lives you have no wisdom or judgement. Again, to lump them all as “evil” trivalizes true evil, and actually helps it to continue. Most people have some small moral lapses during their lives. If people call them all “evil” they are less likely to be outraged by true evil.


15 posted on 04/14/2009 5:11:38 AM PDT by Hugin (GSA! (Goodbye sweet America))
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To: Kaslin
18) Aborting your child because it's inconvenient.
16 posted on 04/14/2009 5:20:42 AM PDT by rjsimmon (1-20-2013)
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To: caver

Are you kidding? I think he made his point well... people tend to think they are “good” b/c they are not murdering someone or stealing thousands of dollars or some more obvious wrong, but there are myriad ways people commit evil everyday...

I think bearing false witness is one of the worst and is a form of murder.


17 posted on 04/14/2009 5:21:47 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Hugin

There may be gradations of evil, but it IS evil nevertheless. I think these things are evil. A moral wrong might be something like knowing your mom is alone (a widow) and knowing that you should call her up and/or visit but you are so busy you keep procrastinating. THAT is a moral wrong.

There is a difference b/t things like that and thinks like the author listed. Huge differences.

I don’t think his article trivializes anything.


18 posted on 04/14/2009 5:23:37 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: caver

“I’m not sure what point the author was trying to make?”

That Evil is not an extreme but rather a mundane condition. How one responds or regards himself after doing one, some or many of the things on the articles list determines the degree to which one might be regarded as ‘evil’. Acts don’t necessarily determine evil, it is more of an ‘attitude’ that comes of displacing God’s Truth rather than accepting it.


19 posted on 04/14/2009 5:23:41 AM PDT by TalBlack
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To: NewCenturions

LOL. True.


20 posted on 04/14/2009 5:23:52 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Desdemona

Amen.


21 posted on 04/14/2009 5:24:07 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Hugin

This is how you are deceived. Like I said before, gradations, gradations. This changes nothing about the definition of evil. Wickedness comes in all strengths.


22 posted on 04/14/2009 5:25:10 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Hugin

I’ve got to get to work, but it’s a slope. It’s all evil and you can start small and eventually move on to evils that effect more people negatively. Doesn’t matter. Satan still smiles. Best to stay away from any moral wrong.


23 posted on 04/14/2009 5:27:26 AM PDT by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue. http://www.thekingsmen.us/)
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To: Hugin; Desdemona
Have you ever read the definition of evil?

Definitions of evil on the Web

# morally objectionable behavior
# morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
# that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune; "the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones"- Shakespeare
# having the nature of vice
# the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
# malefic: having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"

wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

24 posted on 04/14/2009 5:31:42 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Hugin

From the column-—”...small cruelties committed by unthinking people — who view themselves as good and just, despite their sometimes malicious actions — have done more than most people realize to spread evil, degrade civilization, and drag our culture into the sewers.”


25 posted on 04/14/2009 5:33:15 AM PDT by John W
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To: Paved Paradise

“Are you kidding?”

No, I’m not kidding. He starts out with a vague point and then presents a very good list of evils, of which I agree. And then, he doesn’t finish the article. It’s a very poorly written with no summary. I’m not arguing the point of the article, I’m saying the writing was pitiful.


26 posted on 04/14/2009 5:38:07 AM PDT by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: Kaslin

I know of a lot of “evil” people and it seems they always get away with things or rewarded....


27 posted on 04/14/2009 5:39:18 AM PDT by geege
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To: Kaslin

2)” Suing someone who did nothing wrong in order to try to collect a big payday.”

A Karma angle to this: Co-worker of a friend was transferred to another city, and sold his house. The buyer found out that the company he worked for was going to declare bankruptcy so he backed out of the contract. Seller initiated a lawsuit against buyer when another buyer came along and wanted the house. Lawsuit was officially withdrawn, new buyer signed contract subject to home inspection, which found $30,000 in needed repairs.


28 posted on 04/14/2009 5:58:44 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Desdemona
And the difference is....?

Everything in the world is not black and white. There are degrees of evilness and immorality. Spitting on the sidewalk is not the same as spitting in one's face which in turn is not as evil as bashing in one's face.

Liberals have played on the apparent failure of many to differentiate these levels of evil for years. So, when a sidewalk spitter tries to criticize the face basher, they start condemning the crimes of the sidewalk spitter.

29 posted on 04/14/2009 6:03:40 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: Paved Paradise
A moral wrong might be something like knowing your mom is alone (a widow) and knowing that you should call her up and/or visit but you are so busy you keep procrastinating. THAT is a moral wrong.

That is certainly true.However, the person who fails to honor his mother is none of societies business, while the person who murders is.

30 posted on 04/14/2009 6:12:28 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: Arthur McGowan

9) Being an online troll.


31 posted on 04/14/2009 6:20:16 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (Defending RINOs is the same as defending Liberals.)
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To: Paved Paradise

Government making it impossible or highly difficult for people to give to church or charity. That steals the blessings one should receive by practicing charitable giving.


32 posted on 04/14/2009 6:24:14 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (Defending RINOs is the same as defending Liberals.)
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To: Kaslin

“11) Spreading a conspiracy theory you don’t believe in to draw in traffic for your website.”

That is why we have “Coast To Coast AM” for, to deal with conspiracy therories.


33 posted on 04/14/2009 6:30:00 AM PDT by Biggirl (GO UCONN!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Kaslin

“14) A pastor who waters down his Christian beliefs because they conflict with political correctness.”

Like this?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2228425/posts


34 posted on 04/14/2009 6:31:23 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Selah)
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To: geege

Yes I know, they get promoted or never get caught doing their dirty deeds. I guess every dog has their day.


35 posted on 04/14/2009 11:46:38 AM PDT by angcat ("When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe".)
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To: Eagle Eye

Good point but never getting another deduction will not impact my giving at all. In fact, lots of times I have given anonymously so no record was taken.


36 posted on 04/14/2009 12:12:17 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: C210N

S-O-R-O-S


37 posted on 04/14/2009 12:13:10 PM PDT by happygrl (It's time to Party like it's 1773.)
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To: CharacterCounts

I would disagree with you on that count. For whatever it’s worth, I’d like to share something with you. When my son was growing up we had many a conversation about good/evil, sin and so on. We are a Christian family - a believing and PRACTICING Christian family.

The gist of what I told my son was this. If you show me a thief, he may not be a murderer, but show me a murderer, and I’ll show you a thief, in more ways than one. I guess what I want to say is that sin begets sin.

You show me the person who is not honoring his/her parents and I can almost guarantee you they are remiss in many areas of their life. It comes down to values.

But, your point is well taken and I don’t want to argue this on the microlevel.

God bless!


38 posted on 04/14/2009 12:15:43 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: caver

Oh, well, your point makes your sense now. As for pitiful writing, what else is new? I have a friend and an article was written about him in Forbes Magazine - he said he was embarrassed b/c it was so poorly written. When I read it, I was aghast that this person would be hired at a major magazine - I then forwarded it on to a friend who does free-lance commercial writing and she, too, was aghast.

And while I’m on my soapbox, let me share this with you. I am in college (career change) to become a teacher. These students will get up to speak and have the worst grammar and speaking skills, saying things like “fer” instead of “for” and “cuz” instead of “because” and so on and so on. While I have no problem with colloquialisms and homey talk, I can just picture them modeling this awful behavior to our public school students. I literally could scream!!!


39 posted on 04/14/2009 12:18:41 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

When taxes are so high that people find it tough to give then the government is stealing the abiilty to give with a cheerful heart.

I wasn’t thinking so much about deductions.


40 posted on 04/14/2009 1:02:44 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (Defending RINOs is the same as defending Liberals.)
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To: Eagle Eye

I see your point but would you seriously no longer have a cheerful heart? I give b/c I have been blessed and know that so many are in need - I also give b/c my church needs to survive and it costs money.


41 posted on 04/14/2009 2:10:30 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

“I am in college (career change) to become a teacher.”

You are either a saint or a glutton for punishment for wanting to be a teacher. I admire your determination for pursuing your goal. I wouldn’t mind being a teacher but I might have to kill a couple of kids in the process. The behavior problems, the “no child left behind” and the bogus self esteem crap is just too much to take. Good luck to you! I wish you well!


42 posted on 04/15/2009 4:18:51 AM PDT by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: caver

One of the reasons I want to teach is because of the many bad teachers and I hope to be a light in an increasingly dark place. I will admit I am a little nervous - just based on what I’m seeing in the college right now - but your well wishes are much, much needed and I thank you from the bottom of my feisty little heart.

Oh, and I am neither a saint (far from it) nor a glutton for punishment, just a Christian with a heart for kids and a feisty Irish gal who still has some energy and life to share.


43 posted on 04/15/2009 5:45:52 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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