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No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness. Options
Daemon
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No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)
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Daemon wrote:
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)


If it can be mistaken for happiness, evil could be mistaken for almost anything we hold close to heart.
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To commit evil to others because you derive happiness from it, makes the evil even greater.
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true to it's word....this needs experience to judge between good and bad
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Mary Shelley realized that man (mankind, including woman) could be really stupid. The reason is, perhaps, greed.
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Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
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Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.

Jerry Garcia
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Again...religion.
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Daemon wrote:
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)


Proverbs 16
25 " There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death."
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Read the quote in context: From Mary's letter, "A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790)" Pag 158

A LETTER to the Right Honourable EDMUND BURKE. (One of the first responses to Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France. Wollstonecraft later lived in France during the Terror and wrote a history of the events she witnessed.)

"It may be confidently asserted that no man chooses evil, because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks And the desire of rectifying these mistakes, is the noble ambition of an enlightened understanding, the impulse of feelings that Philosophy invigorates. To endeavour to make unhappy men resigned to their fate, is the tender endeavour of short-sighted benevolence, of transient yearnings of humanity; but to labour to increase human happiness by extirpating error, is a masculine godlike affection. This remark may be carried still further. Men who possess uncommon sensibility, whose quick emotions shew how closely the eye and heart are connected, soon forget the most forcible sensations. Not tarrying long enough in the brain to be subject to reflection, the next sensations, of course, obliterate them. Memory, however, treasures up these proofs of native goodness; and the being who is not spurred on to any virtuous act, still thinks itself of consequence, and boasts of its feelings. Why? Because the sight of distress, or an affecting narrative, made its blood flow with more velocity, and the [137] heart, literally speaking, beat with sympathetic emotion. We ought to beware of confounding mechanical instinctive sensations with emotions that reason deepens, and justly terms the feelings of humanity. This word discriminates the active exertions of virtue from the vague declamation of sensibility."

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Vit Babenco
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Evil I did dwell; lewd did I live
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Millions of us, worldwide, are saddened daily by just one man making the same mistake, over and over
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For some, the quest for happiness is blind to evil.
Omar Mariani
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I do not think this is religion, it is a fact of life. I do not think choosing evil is the result of mistaking it for anythuing. This is man who, making use of his free will, decides to do what he wants to do and that is happiness to him at that moment, though later he may have to pay for it and realize it was not worth it
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All the days from our life, we could choose the good way to be happy, should bring to us the happiest and healthier days of living the same life.
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love does drive men to do crazy thing
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without religion we`d have no pope, without a pope we`d have no spiffy hats!
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Again the brilliant quote by Shelley makes a reasonably strong case for the possibility that positive illusions, such as non-veridical beliefs about one’s happiness, could have a history borne of direct adaptive advantage; is there any reason to consider alternative accounts? Quite possibly: Although positive illusions might inhere in some sort of domain-specific cognitive substrate that could have been specifically shaped via natural selection, it is at least equally plausible that positive illusions are simply one manifestation among many of two considerably more general phenomena that are pervasive throughout human cognition:
(1) confirmation bias, in which people often tend to cling to prior beliefs even in the light of contradictory evidence; and
(2) motivated reasoning, a tendency of people to subject beliefs that are potentially ego-dystonic to greater levels of scrutiny that are less likely to be ego-dystonic.
Cigarette-smokers, for example, tend to dismiss research on the dangers of smoking not because they believe themselves to be healthy, but because they work harder to deflate potentially damaging beliefs. This could be seen as an instance of a cognitive mechanism that was dedicated towards yields positive self-illusion.
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As always, thank you Mary.....
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Daemon wrote:
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)


Hmm, had Mary Shelley (1797-1851) heard of the Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) when she said this? Or would she say he didn't choose evil, he mistook it for happiness? Think
Donrob
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This quotation "No man chooses evil..." is from Mary Wollstonecraft. She was the mother of the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelly.
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