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Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human. Options
Daemon
Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
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Hmmm...perhaps driven by the influence of this last decade's Zeitgeist, my initial thought upon reading her quotation is the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, Al-Qaeda, and all other murderous d-bags affiliated with religious conquests throughout the past several millennia. That's my two halala.

Evil and subhuman, indeed.
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The statement does not prove true, even in the simplest implication. If evil was subhuman, then humans would not be evil. Obviously, to be evil is very human, because lots of humans are doing it.
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Whether above or below baseline, evil is outside a human power… It's like a fight with pests.
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All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.
Scott Alexander
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To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.

Plato
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Evil remains evil all the same.
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Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015 3:36:40 AM

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Watching the present state EVIL is now considered a part of life....wow such a false belief
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Evil (on a large scale) grows at the very point where not all people are equal.

Agatha Christie was a huge snob, a racist and an antisemite. Her books are obsessively centered around the rich, powerful and famous. People of "lower classes" were in her materialistic, elitist mind equal to garbage bags (they have a purpose but are not human).

Agatha: don't teach me lessons in evil. Those repulsive English hoity-toities and the class-system you loved so much make me physically sick.

The world loves talent but pays off on character. (John Gardner, 1982)
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Both good and evil are human simply because they are part and parcel of human nature.- Humanity has had Jesus, Ghandi, Mother Theresa but it has also had cruel dictators and terrorists and they were or are all human/s because they belong with humankind.- What they are NOT at all is HUMANE, they are INHUMANE because they lack compassion, benevolence; they are not kind-hearted, considerate, understanding, sympathetic, tolerant, civilized, good-natured, gentle;
lenient, forbearing, forgiving, merciful, mild, tender, clement, benign, humanitarian, charitable, generous, magnanimous;
approachable, accessible and those are only some of the distinguishing qualities, virtues, traits, characteristics that make a human being HUMANE
Bareskin2000
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Evil is justifying terrorism by the use of any religion!

John M Murray: Semi-retired International Consultant, Coach & Public Speaker, South Africa
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Agreed. There are opinions on what our nature is. W can have a good or bad nature because of our free will knowledge. I have seen my dark side and I didn't like it, I am now exploring my new side and I like it more than my bad side. I see the world and the people differently than I use to and I feel part of this old and new world together for the first time. I am also a new Christian. Curious Paul
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The pen will always be mightier than the sword.
Radical Islamists will never subdue the desire to mock and parody either Islam, Muhammad or any other subject.

Kenneth
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Evil is simply selfishness. And since all humans are born totally selfish, all humans are born evil, in that sense, and have to be taught to be good; that is, to think of others. Most of us learn, or are taught, that considering others comes back as a benefit to us for our survival. Some don't learn that lesson well, and with any luck, don't survive.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
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it takes super humans to continue the fight against evil
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Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015 7:12:35 PM

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And may I say that true evil is what X-president GW Bush/ VP Dick Cheney represent. Thank you Agatha Christie for that insight.....
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Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015 9:15:00 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)


Evil is the bad gene picked up by humankind during brief spells of perversion in evolution, some becoming so dominant as to reverse it but off the original track.

Devolution, sadly, is not a return to the animal level where evolution started. It is a new condition, sub-human, taking a life of its own, the worst form of life,
an aberration which mingles within humankind.

Miriam...
Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015 9:18:49 PM

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I particularly like Omar Mariani and FounDit's posts.

'Evil' spelled backwards is 'live'. Perhaps there is a message hidden in the word for us to understand. ...Since 'spell' or 'spelled' has its origins in the casting of 'spells', perhaps a spell cast on life - perhaps its fallen shadow - is something that is evil or 'inhumane'.
TB Turtle
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I like STRIKER's remark the best.
Dr WWWW
Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015 11:26:40 PM

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The quote is from her book The Pale Horse, 1961.

The tale involves morbid transactions where people wager on whether or not a particular individual will die within a stated interval.

Detective Inspector LeJeune, one of her philosophical detectives states: "Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human. Your criminal is someone who wants to be important but will never be important, because he'll always be less than a man"

It seems to me that her bigotry, her political leanings and her class snobbishness are irrelevant, when she manages to keep them out of her stories. There is nothing more enjoyable than spending an evening or two with one of her detectives as the mystery unfolds and, ultimately, is solved.



"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." -- Edmund Burke
Roops
Posted: Friday, January 9, 2015 2:40:49 AM
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Agree with Dr.WWWW

I really enjoyed her detective stories.
Acai
Posted: Saturday, January 10, 2015 9:09:48 AM
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Actually it's something very human. The human condition embraces all of potential - purely good to purely bad. It's a matter of choice and control over ones behavior.
To deny evil can be a part of human behavior is dangerous. It doesn't cease to have the potential to become just because somebody ignored it.
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