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Good and Evil

Why Attacks on the Innocent Do the Opposite of What They Intend

Donna Labermeier | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Donna Labermeier

We know in our hearts that what was meant for our harm will always be used in our favor. And so, when evil-doers perpetrate unspeakable crimes against us, this is actually what they do, not to us, but to themselves

Spirituality Nourishes Goodness

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

What's crucial is an openness to possibility and hope: a willingness to believe that every little choice, every little encounter with another person during the day, can plant a seed.

Are We All Potentially Evil?: A New Dramatic Film Based on the Stanford Prison Experiment Reveals Why Good People Turn Bad

Michael Shermer | Posted 07.27.2015 | Science
Michael Shermer

Unlike most filmic reenactments of real-life events in which considerable poetic license is taken to punch up the drama, none is needed for this film because the subjects themselves produced enough gravitas to keep the narrative arc moving toward its shattering conclusion.

Why Do Three-Year-Old Babies Die Horrible Deaths? God's Surprising Role

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

Why did God allow my three-year-old baby to die a horrible death? a distraught mother recently asked, prompting Pat Robertson to suggest that God may have done so for a good reason, like to spare the child a more horrible fate later in life.

#8 Beliefs that Make Liberal America Weak: Barriers to the Source of Moral and Spiritual Passions

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Why does that the line from Yeats apply to America in our times? "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are filled with a passionate intensity."

Three Answers to Good and Evil That Were Cut From The Bible

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

Scripture once offered five answers to good and evil, but only two of them made it into the Bible as we now know it. The other three were cut as an accidental side-effect of bookmaking technology.

Five Spiritual Mysteries: #2 Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen? (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for people who want to believe in God is the existence of bad things in our lives. The evening news carries enoug...

5 Spiritual Mysteries: #1 Is Karma Fair?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

If you want to save the Law of Karma in a serious way, one that makes a difference to how people live their lives, there are a few genuine alternatives that should be considered.

Regain the Courage to Be Good

Zilong Wang | Posted 12.28.2013 | College
Zilong Wang

A recent conversation with friend woke me up to a surprising realization: I seem to have regained the courage to be good, after years of hiding behind the cover of evil.

Every Day Is the Most Important Day

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

"The Two Most Important Days In Your Life" is about being born, physically and then, later, deeper down, on the inside, in your character. Being born happens to all of us. It's the mysterious gift that gets it all going.

Our Full Spiritual Potential

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

This understanding of evil enabled me to strengthen my faith in God. I see Jesus, and other great spiritual teachers, as models for what we can become, by evolving beyond this kind of obsolete survival behavior.

Is God Guilty?

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

If God is so Great, why can't He just create a world without any pain whatsoever? I don't want people to stop talking to God. I'm not even angry at God for something terrible like cancer. I just want people to think.

We Are Not That #BostonStrong

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

From the moment I first turned the television on, I couldn't get comfortable with the heroism narrative. The Boston Marathon bombings didn't speak to me of the goodness of humanity in the face of evil, but the corruption of our species and the ways we try our best to control it.

Boston Reaction: Had It With Humanity?

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

No, in moments like these, all our differences -- age, background, nationality, ethnicity, gender, and yes, religion and beliefs -- are secondary. First and foremost we are human beings. And we want to help.

A Compassionate Debate On The Gun Issue

Rev. Gary R. Hall | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Gary R. Hall

It is our civic and moral duty as Americans, and as people of faith, to reach out to our fellow citizens and to call on our Senators to act. Compassion is not a passive virtue. We are called on by God to give voice to all who have lost loved ones to gun violence. We are called to act.

A Rabbinic Take On 'The Batman Trilogy'

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

The Batman trilogy is a brainy thriller. It asks us to leave our simplistic notions of good and evil at the door and to recognize that in our new and dangerous world, we cannot ignore evil.

Pray For Strength To Choose

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

I've always believed that when you pray for God's will, you are praying simply for the strength and wisdom to choose what God would want you to choose. In other words, you aren't praying for God to intervene in this world. You're praying to enable yourself to do what God would have you do.

Attacked By Evil, Healed By God

Beverly Donofrio | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Beverly Donofrio

In the midst of the terror, in the void of his howling absence, in my absolute lack of control, God had been hotly present. Shaken out of myself by the visitation of horror, the world slowed enough for me to really look at it.

Resisting Evil, Creating Goodness

Ervin Staub | Posted 05.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Ervin Staub

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoEven when children learn to care about others' welfare, they are often taught to restrict caring to their own group. For caring to become inclusive, to expand beyond members of one's group, significant contact with members of other groups is of great value.

The Social Influence Of Good Vs. Evil

Bryan Wood | Posted 05.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Bryan Wood

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoViolence and evil are no strangers to our world, and they are never going away. However, if we learn to recognize the sources of derelict behavior, we may be able to intervene and prevent good people from making tragic decisions.

There's a Prison Guard In Each Of Us

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Peter A. Georgescu

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoAs a child in Romania, I watched the Communist authorities come into our house and pull my grandfather from my grandmother's arms -- taking him to a prison where he was eventually kicked to death by a guard.

The Science Of Evil

Simon Baron-Cohen | Posted 05.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Simon Baron-Cohen

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWhilst the word 'evil' is used as if it is an explanation ("He did X because he is evil"), in fact evil is just a word meaning "the absence of good", getting us into a dangerous circularity ("He did X because he is not good").

Guns, Fear, Faith

Matthew Bode | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Matthew Bode

As the debate about gun control and regulation escalates this year, the reality of gun life in our cities has not surfaced in the largest media outlets. Fear of guns and fear of gun owners tend to dictate the boundaries and terms of our discussions. What if we stopped living in fear?

Live Strong, Live True

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

The conundrum is how much it matters that someone who has done such real good for real people is now revealed to have built much of his achievement and image on a foundation of deception, cheating and lies.

Religion’s Most Repellent Idea

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Any attempts to infuse suffering with rich meaning shows callous indifference to the heartache of fellow humans. Suffering does not leave us ennobled but broken, morose and bitter.