Originally posted by buckky
It appears to me the fast majority of people are decent good people. Evil people seem rare. At least I don't run across them that often. Usually if someone appears to be evil it might be that they are mentally ill.I don't care what religion you belong to, or if you have no religion most people are good not evil. Born bad is a wacky idea.
I don't think you can accurately label anyone 'good' or 'evil'. We all think and act according to a balance of our interests, some of which are selfish, some of which are unselfish and most of which involve a balance between the two. Very few commit acts that harm others without any personal benefit.
So what it really comes down to is where you put the balance between helping and not harming others and helping and not harming yourself.
Did you donate all your money to help save the lives of starving people in Africa? If not, are you evil? If you steal a small amount from everyone in the country by cheating on your taxes, are you evil? If you steal from a corporation are you evil? If you pirate a movie are you evil?
Outright stealing from your neighbor?
Killing your neighbor to defend your property?
Killing your neighbor for his property?
Killing your neighbor for the fun of it?