Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What is the root of all evil?

Were does evil stem from on the apple tree of life?

Tomorrow in my ethics class we are discussing what we think the root of all evil is...

“I think addiction is a root problem that leads to a lot of other problems that our world is dealing with. Addiction can empty a person of their soul.”

“The root of all evil or any evil is very simple, it's self-gratification. Mankind's endless pursuit of happiness to only please themselves.”
-R. Shimoda

“Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.”
-Soren Kierkegaard
As I was researching the root of all evil various responses came up: money, drugs, alcohol, power, religion, starvation, terrorism, etc. I believe that the root of all evil can be a number of things. One thing is a thirst for more-never having enough (ex. money, power, land, property, things, etc.). When people desire more they tend to have negative intentions. The reasons people drink, use drugs, and smoke excessively is usually to make themselves feel better because they feel they don’t have enough. But like my mom said, it usually just empties a person of their soul and who they truly are.

I also believe that the media is the root of all evil. They set up this image of perfection and impossible standards to live up to and make it seem like the norm. This only causes people to feel worse about themselves and desire more.

I don't know if there truly is a solution but an improvement could be performing charitable services for those in need. It is still a form of self-gratification but it is overshadowed by the good deed of helping others. Yes, there are terrible issues in the world of poverty, abortion, homicide, and terrorism but they all stem from the same reason/source-the desire for self-gratification.
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