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What is evil?

  1. Jan 2, 2008 #1

    wolram

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    If i rob a bank and get clean away is that evil.
    If i rob a bank and kill a couple of guards is that evil.
    If i rob a bank and kill innocent hostages is that evil.
    If i rob from the rich with out killing and give to the poor is that evil.
    If i rob from the rich and kill and give to the poor is that evil.
    If rob from the rich and kill and keep the money is that evil.
    If i kill and kill just for gain is that evil.
     
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  3. Jan 2, 2008 #2
    What are you smoking sir, and may I have some?
     
  4. Jan 2, 2008 #3

    wolram

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    Just thinking of my pension without regret.
     
  5. Jan 2, 2008 #4
    Just make sure you wear green tights when you rob people.
     
  6. Jan 2, 2008 #5

    wolram

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    I doubt if i would wear tights, all i need is resolution from feeling evil just because i took money from people by what ever means to make my life easier.
     
  7. Jan 2, 2008 #6

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    If you're planning for retirement in the slammer, it's probably better to do many short stints than one really long one. Go for something petty, like a spot of tax fraud. It's probably also easier on the conscience when you divide the damage by 60 million.
     
  8. Jan 2, 2008 #7
    I just saw a great movie on corruption. Its called "Enron". Im sure you could not come close to those guys in your wildest dreams.

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  9. Jan 2, 2008 #8
    Serious here, evil is defined through morals....morals are basically made through the understanding...Don't do to others what you won't have them do to you....Karma, what goes around comes around.
     
  10. Jan 2, 2008 #9

    wolram

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    In one way or another people are robbing me, (tax) legally so would it be so bad if took some back.
     
  11. Jan 2, 2008 #10
    If you feel a need to ask, then the answer is probably yes.
     
  12. Jan 2, 2008 #11
    Q: What is evil?

    A: Graduate electrodynamics with Jackson.
     
  13. Jan 2, 2008 #12

    George Jones

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    Then what is undergraduate electrodynamics with Jackson?

    As a fourth-year undergrad, I was required to take two semesters of electrodynamics, and we covered most of Jackson.
     
  14. Jan 2, 2008 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    What did you use for your graduate work?

    With the help of a grad student, we paralled our undergrad coursework with Jackson, but the tests were all based on Griffiths.
     
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  15. Jan 2, 2008 #14

    George Jones

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    Nothing.

    If a grad student was accepted without the equivalent of all of Jackson, they had to enroll in the undergrad electromagnetism courses.

    All grad students had to take Advanced Quantum Mechanics I, Advanced Quantum Mechanics II and three of Statistical Mechanics I, Statistical Mechanics II, Field Theory I, Field Theory II, Elementary Particle Physics.

    All grad students also had to take a certain minimum number of courses. I forget what the number was, but it was more than five. I was allowed to take three graduate courses in pure mathematics as partial fulfillment of this requirement.
     
  16. Jan 2, 2008 #15

    DaveC426913

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    Two answers here:
    1] If someone wrongs you, that does not give you justification for wronging them back. If it's wrong, it stays wrong.

    2] Why do you feel taxes are robbery? Here is how I look at taxes:

    [Dave's naive PoV]
    In a simple world, I either build - or pay for - everything I need, including such things as power for my mill and disposal of my sewage.

    That is a very expensive way of living because it means I have to build a power plant on my land and then dig a sewage ditch all the way to the river.

    These big ticket items don't scale down well - they work best (i.e. cheaper) on larger scales. If me and my neighbour could cooperate, we could build one power plant and one sewage ditch between us. It would cost less than twice as much. We'd save money.

    If I got a hundred of my neighbours together, built one powerplant and a series of ditches, and let someone else handle it, I now get cheap power, cheap sewage - and more, I don't have to maintain it, someone else will. (One operson can manage a dam and sewage for 100 people).

    The cost for this by me is fixed and predictable, which is good for my yearly budget.

    In an ideal circumstance, this is a win-win.


    Just think of your taxes as paying for stuff you'd have to pay for on your own anyway - but it's cheaper.
    [/Dave's naive PoV]
     
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