Good and Evil Continued
Though a bit tedious, I thought it was important that I talk a little bit about what I meant in the previous article by good and evil. To begin we should define the terms themselves. For the purposes of this article good should be defined as that which is morally just, while evil is that which is morally unacceptable. However these definitions by themselves are not enough. Morality is a natoriously ambiguous term. Morality varies not just from culture to culture, but also individual to individual. The fact of the matter is that morality is, to some extent subjective. I’ll cite the classic example of the man who steals bread in order to feed his children. Now is this man morally unjust and therefore evil because he stole? Or were his reasons mortally acceptable, making him by extension good? Well the answer to that depends largely on who you are. So morality alone doesn’t really work. So let’s narrow down the field to only that which can be agreed upon by the majority of the human population as being just or unjust.
So, now that we’ve finally gotten the terms out of the way, what did I mean by them? Well that point deserves a little clarification. When I said that good and evil were not native parts of the Heathen faith I was talking about the absolute of good and evil. There is morst defiantly such a thing as good or evil actions and intentions both now, and in the time of our ancestors (though time has most defiantly changed what specifically was considered just and unjust). No, the argument that I was trying to make was one against the idea that anything that existst could be pure good or total evil. As a Heathen this idea that complete good or evil can exist at all, let alone exist as an individual (divine or otherwise) seems like a gross over simplification. This is especially true given how ambiguous these ideas are to begin with. Good and evil are not stagnant, they are in constant flux. They are evolving just as the world evolves around them. Just as the people who believe in them (because lets not forget these are human ideas) evolve. How then can the antithesis of either exist as anything other that pure concept? Whats more this idea is especially unrealistic when you try and shoehorn it into the Norse mythos.