Re: RARA-AVIS: Chandler's "Noir Feel" for LA (was Denise Hamilton)

Date: 16 May 2004


Re your questions below:

> "Rules are broken because people are given the
> ability to make choices,
> and some people make evil choices."
> Just asking for clarification, again. Is all
> breaking of rules evil?
> Or is evil extreme versions of rule breaking?

No all breaking of rules is not evil. Rules can be unjust, and in such a case, obeying rules would be the evil course.

But a rule's being just and fair and wise is no guarantee that it will be obeyed by everyone. ANd when a good, just, fair, wise rule is knowingly and willfully disobeyed, it may be inferred that the person who broke the rule made a free choice that was evil.

Doing evil means making a choice that one knows is wrong. Being evil means habitually and continually making such choices.

This doesn't necessarily mean, by the way, that being in a dilemma that forces you to make a HARD choice, means that you've done evil, even if the choice you make turns out to result in evil consequences. That's called a "mistake."

> And if all rule breaking is evil, are any of us less
> than evil?

Each of us is imperfect. That's not the same as being evil. My view is that humanity is flawed but essentially good.

God, as they say, don't make junk.


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