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so yeah, sadism in that sense is selfish
Sadism and malice essentially boil down to gratifying yourself at the expense of other people.
That's clearly selfish.
like, most would say Hitler was evil, but to many at the time, he was their saviour.
there are just actions, and human interpretation of them.
all acts are inherently selfish, as an organism always acts in its best interests. a nice person is being nice because they like being nice. it brings them pleasure.
there are (arguably) no real examples of altruism in nature.
all actions can be linked to a selfish motivation, ie. one which serves to advance or bring pleasure to the self.
where are you suffering christians? all i see is people trying to outsing and outclap each other into heaven.
" Only a master of EVIL Darth! " Obi-Wan is right you know.
but nothing can be objective then vikram..its all percieved by humans.
if you define that as the survival or prospering of the organism. Genes that survive will tend to be ones that perpetuate their own survival, but this says nothing about the internal motivations of any one organism carrying the gene. In fact, it often leads to individuals behaving in an unselfiush manner becuse that enables the gene (that they share with family members etc.) to survive.
I hope you understand what I mean. I think I do. Just about, anyway.
Being serious it's a word that exists a simplistic dismissal of a range of behaviours. Calling someone "evil" is essentially an attempt to not engage with the motivations of their behaviour.
yeah, these concepts are really just describing points on a continuum. there is no absolute "hot" and absolute "cold", thus there is no median temperature. really then good and evil are the same thing, or all things must be made up of both but in different proportions.
anyway, its friday. im off to get my drink on and my smoke on.