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    Quote Originally Posted by Il Morto Che Parla View Post
    With this logic, we would expect to see less evil in poorer societies.

    The opposite is true. Go to a third world slum and you will see evil every day.

    The problem is lack of laws and institutions, not the existence of wealth.
    Not less evil. Just fewer kinds/manifestations of evil. Although I hesitate to characterize desperation in the face of extreme poverty as evil in all cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Not less evil. Just fewer kinds/manifestations of evil. Although I hesitate to characterize desperation in the face of extreme poverty as evil in all cases.
    I think there is much more evil in a poor society than in a rich society.

    OK, call it "savagery" instead of evil. The effects on the victim are the same, or much worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Il Morto Che Parla View Post
    With this logic, we would expect to see less evil in poorer societies.

    The opposite is true. Go to a third world slum and you will see evil every day.

    The problem is lack of laws and institutions, not the existence of wealth.
    I wouldn't expect that. You must be working off of a different definition of "evil" than me.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I wouldn't expect that. You must be working off of a different definition of "evil" than me.
    I was just using it as a proxy for violence and law of the jungle. I don't think 'evil' exists as an absolute judgement on the author of an act. But maybe as an 'evil effect' on the reciever

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