Sunday, April 12, 2015

Entry #9: Evil

When something or someone is described as evil, what do they really mean? Clearly it is a negative characteristic, but Dr. Baron describes it in a different way. It is something or someone that receives individual pleasure from causing harm to others. A perfect example of a person like is this President Snow from the Hunger Games trilogy. President Snow creates the hunger games as a punishment for the districts, but he also enjoys watching children kill each other, along with the entire capitol. Dr. Baron explained that an evil person can do good things, but that doesn’t make them a good person. For example, when President Snow is with his granddaughter, you would think he is a very nice man.

In the book The Hunger Games Companion by Lois H. Gresh, he explains that President Snow and everyone who follows him like the capitol people and the peacekeepers use excuses for their behavior just like the Nazi’s did in World War Two. Their excuses were that Hitler made them ignore the killings and torture. However, this is all of their faults, Hitler and his followers.

Dr. Baron explained to us different theories about morality. The first one was utilitarianism. This says that the right action is the one that maxims utility. Morality is based on how you feel. The second theory is Deontology, which says the morally right action is independent of consequences and focuses on duties and obligations. The third theory is Virtue Ethics. This basically describes the ideal person through traits and says that everybody should to be those traits so we can be the ideal person. The fourth theory of morality is care ethics. This is basically how much you care for a person. It says that you are more willing to save or help someone you care about. The one thing all of these theories have in common is that an evil person doesn’t believe in any of them. Snow and Hitler both lack the ability to believe in these theories. Based on these examples, I know there were evil people and I believe there still are.

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