Tuesday 30 April 2013

How to tell if person is good or evil

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Mike Adams of naturlanews in article titled How to instantly tell who's evil vs. good: the philosophy of 'control' vs. 'empowerment'  shows in several examples how to tell good person from a bad one.  Of course his article relates to certain spectrum of good and evil but it definitely addresses properly the discussion on the highest level. His approach to determine if person is good or bad takes into account philosophy of 'control' vs. 'empowerment'.

The assumption is that those who seek control are bad and those who empower others are good.

One might say that empowering a criminal might not be necessarily a good action, yet empowering in itself doesn't mean give someone more power which can be used to destroy, but to give power which can be used to create. So in short empowering means to me giving somebody power to create more, while control is to suppress somebodies creative powers or support only those creative powers which can be used to control others.

Here are examples of controls vs empowerment from above article.

A person who seeks to teach others how to garden and thereby grow their own food is practicing empowerment and is therefore GOOD. But a person who seeks to place other people on government food stamps and thereby make them dependent on government for their food is practicing control and is inherently EVIL.

A school that teaches students to think for themselves and engage in critical, skeptical thinking about the world around them is practicing empowerment and is therefore GOOD. But a school that teaches students blind obedience to institutional authority while denying them the liberty to think for themselves is practicing control and is therefore EVIL.

A person who seeks to help others create their own successful businesses and generate abundant profits for themselves and their employees is practicing empowerment and is therefore GOOD. But a person who seeks to destroy entrepreneurship, suppress innovation, punish small businesses and burden private sector job creation with onerous taxes and regulation is practicing control and is therefore EVIL.

A person who seeks to teach others how to protect themselves against violent crime through the intelligent, ethical use of weapons for self defense is practicing empowerment and is therefore GOOD. But a person who seeks to strip away from everyone else their right to self defense, placing them in the position of defenseless victimization, is practicing control and is therefore EVIL.

A city mayor who seeks to teach his constituents the principles of nutrition and food choice so that they might make better decisions about their diet and health is practicing empowerment and is therefore GOOD. But a city mayor who demands blind obedience to his selective agenda of banning large sodas or other junk food items is practicing control and is therefore EVIL. (Bloomberg, anyone?)

So, getting back to the title of this article, the way to instantly tell whether a person is "good" or "evil" is to examine their actions on the control vs. empowerment spectrum. If they predominantly seek to control others, they are mostly evil. If they predominantly seek to empower others, they are mostly good.

Be careful to examine peoples' actions, not merely their words. Anyone can talk a good game of "empowerment," but very few actually seek to educate and uplift others around them.

Here are some more examples on my own.

An individual who uses criticism, smearing tactics, character assassination and links another with lowest denominator in hope that this person will be removed from society or punished is an example of an individual seeking control
A person who takes action themselves and shows how work should be done is the empowering person, because through actions he/she shows how it is possible to do things in a better way. He/she simply teaches by example.

Another one
A person using anonymous name and badmouthing others is a person seeking control because such a person is hoping to harm another individual and at the same time hide his/her own identity so he/she is not kept accountable for the harm caused. In short this individual is working in tandem with darkness. It is not just a controlling individual but person of darkness.

A person who is opening his/her own individual persona to the public is an empowering individual because such a person in spite of mistakes and errors he/she might be making is not afraid of facing criticisms and/or consequences. That kind of person is always able to face his/her own imperfections and accept the fact that everyone will know that. This kind of person shows that he/she is true to themselves in spite of what others might think.

Bogdan Fiedur

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  1. Bogdan, observing good and bad in their relative co-dependance, helps us to see where we and those who we observe are.

    I like this article very much, thank you.

    1. I really like what Mike Adams is doing and he has perfectly put those two characteristic in prospective. Controlling and empowering are two opposing worlds. I would also say that first is synonymous with competition wheres the second with cooperation.

  2. Bogdan, what an excellent article. I believe we were all created with the freedom to make our own choices, whether they were prudent or not. To take away such freedom, then, is to take away good. The absence of good is... evil.

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks Dave for commenting. I was hoping that this topic would elicit response from you. I agree that freedom to make choices should never be taken away or questioned, and willingness to empower others should be thought in schools instead of competition. We would get much further.