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What is that one question that differentiates bad person from a good one? I do belive in black and white. you are either for life or against it.

I asked a friend the question and he said a bad person is someone who has power and uses it for his own selfish deeds. Personal gain. I asked him to be more specific...power isent conseus concept.nor is selfishness. Personally i think power is manipulation.

I ask this because it just seems to be something that needs to be named. There is my dad the liar. Some guy who acted like a friend then called the cops on me And my brother who i doubt cares.

shadiness, power lusters, what bounds them thogether...

asked May 31 '12 at 17:48

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You have asked for the fundamental difference between good and bad people.

A good person puts reality above any particular wish he has; a bad person places some wish of his above reality.

Of course, the degree of immorality depends on the nature of the wish, and how complete the commitment to the wish.

For example: A young man in a candy store wishes to own a candy bar without paying for it. He takes the bar. This is immoral, but if he owns up to his crime, and soon, he is less evil than a man who, after stealing the candy bar, and discovering that someone witnessed his crime, acts to subdue the witness with blackmail, or worse, kills the witness. Then, of course, after these crimes, there are more loose ends that might need tying up with further criminal activity, such as breaking into police evidence lockers to tamper with evidence, blackmailing or killing police officers, etc.

An evil person makes a mistake, and then commits to it, by waging an extended war with reality. His original wish is sacred, and he'll do everything he can rationalize and justify that wish, and whitewash its consequences. An evil person is lost in a nightmare world of his own creation, unwilling to admit, even to himself, that he created it. He persists in blaming his folly on others: "I couldn't help it!"

To a good person, only reality is sacred. A good person knows that the pain of acknowledging his own error and correcting it is a price that must be paid, is worth paying, and can often be paid in full, making one morally whole and clean. A good person values being right with the world above all else.

It is a bad person's evasion of reality that causes him to victimize other people. A bad person ultimately resorts to force against others, because his illusion cannot be maintained otherwise. Witness all of the coercion which comes out of the wish that no-one be allowed to be wealthy while others are destitute, which is a result of the mistaken (and widely held) belief that the the destitute are entitled a living, because they are destitute, which is based on the more basic idea that "If I need help, I deserve it."

answered Jun 01 '12 at 09:09

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edited Jun 01 '12 at 09:14

Can you tell me what does it mean to respect others?

(Jun 01 '12 at 13:41) Sage Sage's gravatar image

To respect something is to treat it in accordance with its identity -- to be objective in your treatment of it.

To respect a rattlesnake, then, is to leave it alone, rather than to pick it up and play with it.

To respect another person is to treat him justly, which means to avoid insulting him unless he deserves it, to avoid harming him unless he deserves it.

(Jun 01 '12 at 16:40) John Paquette ♦ John%20Paquette's gravatar image

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