Has Evil Evolved?

The word evil, meaning profoundly immoral and malevolent has traveled through the ages and along the way, like so many other words, has picked up extra connotations, and has morphed at least slightly. The modern use of evil is often to indicate the impact or gravity of a crime, for example the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. President Obama described the events that had befallen Newtown as  evil, “As a community, you’ve inspired us, Newtown. In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil” and “no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world”.  The traditional use of the word is is the human urge to do something malign and despicable,  “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”.  Despite these minuscule modifications, the main meaning of the word evil has stayed the same and it represents action and events actions and or events so heinous that no other words can aptly describe them.

Antonyms

  • good
  • beneficial
  • virtuous
  • holy
  • pleasant

Synonyms

  • Wicked
  • Bad
  • Sinful
  • foul
  • vile
  • corrupt
  • villainous
  • malicious
  • nasty
  • filthy

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/sandy-hook-elementary-shooting-newtown-connecticut-2012-12

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/09/the_worst_sandy_hook_conspiracy_theory_yet/

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/16/167412995/transcript-president-obama-at-sandy-hook-prayer-vigil

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/evil

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  1. Josh:
    Need to identify who said the quote you posted from Goodreads and integrate that….whose says something is just as important as what is said. Also, the list of synonyms and antonyms means nothing without your commentary.
    So what do you think is the “evil” in President Obama’s speech? Guns? The gun lobby? Mental illness? Hard to say from the quote….consider that when you write.
    This post is reflective; informational post: attempts to synthesize information and form new meaning; well organized
    written in a somewhat interesting style and voice; sentence fluency is mostly achieved
    few spelling errors; few grammar errors; multimedia adds perspective to post; several links included that add to the reader’s understanding post; needs to be tagged
    uses proper citations for most images.

    Reply

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