Philosophical Question I
Daily Meditation #173–8/14/2022
Is something that appears evil, in fact, evil?
Is it evil because you perceive it to be evil?
Or, is it evil because the world has labeled it as evil?
How about something symbolically representing evil, such as snakes (in some beliefs or cultures)?
Is it evil? Or is it “evil” only because it has been perceived to be evil?
Is something that appears good, in fact, good?
Is it good because you perceive it to be good?
Or, is it good because the world has labeled it as good?
How about something symbolically representing good, such as doves (in some beliefs or cultures)?
Are they good? Or are they “good” only because they have been perceived to be good?
Is a thought you are having “evil?” Or is it only evil when it is manifested into action?
After all, “It’s the thought that counts,” right?
Leave me your thoughts.
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These are distillations from my coming book “YouDaimonia: the Ancient Philosophy of Human Flourishing.”