Evil: The Definition Of Evil

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While many would believe that just the act of committing evil makes one evil, I would disagree. The definition of evil is not just committing an act of evil, it is consciously choosing to commit evil acts repetitively. People call every person who killed someone else in the Holocaust that was on the German side, but that would be wrong to do, as there were people who did terrible things because it was all they knew how to do, and they were able to be taught better afterwards. Evil is the choice to consciously harm another individual for no other purpose than because you can. In war, taking another life because they will take yours is not evil, it is an unfortunate necessity to ensure your own survival. Taking another’s life because you have…show more content…
Petri committed evil acts, of that there is no doubt, yet she was not evil. She had been surrounded by sentiment of hatred towards a certain group of people to the extent that she no longer thought of them as people but as animals, and so she killed them as if they were. She later realized the misconception she had been under and realized the evil act she had committed. Goering was a man who was a perpetrator in the death of far more than six people, so to say that both he and Petri were evil would be like comparing ripple in a lake to an ocean tsunami. They both did terrible things, but one felt remorse and one would have committed every act again. Anyone who believes in anything is capable of both great and terrible things. The only difference between whether or not the acts are terrible or great is for the cause they are for and if anyone was hurt in the process. Look at any person around you and you can see that they have all done small things for good or bad. However, any person is capable of those same things on a larger scale, it just takes drive and the ability to do…show more content…
It is the same to become good, and people make decisions that turn them one way or another all the time. There is no one turning point for most people one way or the other. Personal choices are the only possible indicators for whether someone will become a good or evil person, and people can still change as long as they live. Our lives are never set on one particular thing, every single day we have the opportunity to make a choice for the better, the only thing that matters is whether or not you make that choice. So evil is doing terrible things to cause harm or death to others in a conscious, decisive way. However doing an evil thing does not inherently make you evil, it might make you more inclined to choose the evil thing again. One must choose the evil thing for their whole life, and never feel remorse for the things they did, to become truly
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