Pat gets credit for this thread, but I would like to hear everyone's thoughts on why evil exists.
Note, the thread isn't about "Why bad things happen to good people", but is about evil itself.
What is evil?
What is the purpose of evil?
If there is a god, why would he create evil? Or has evil always existed, without being created by god?
If there isn't a god, why would people do evil things?
Does evil even exist, beyond someone's personal belief that it exists? Is one man's evil another man's good?
As an agnostic, I don't believe in a supernatural devil, or in a metaphysical construct called "evil" that exists beyond human perception. I think evil is defined by men, and the definition can vary from one man to the next.
For me, evil is doing harm to others and is the opposite of love. I think evil hurts our survival as a species, and that we have genetically evolved the capacity to choose altruistic rather than self-serving behaviors, when doing so is in the best interest of our race.
But if that is true, does it mean evil men are simply less evolved?
Will we ever reach a point in our evolution where evil is eradicated?
I doubt it, but it's a nice thought.