The List of Good and Evil

The List of Good and Evil is our way of determining who is a friend, and who is not.

Edmund Burke is credited for saying,
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

This page will remain a work in progress.

Good

Evil

Freedom Slavery
Comfort Torture
Justice Injustice
Morality Immorality
Honesty Dishonesty
Honor Dishonor
Sincerity Hypocrisy
Democracy Dictatorship
Civility Insulting
Truthful Deceitful
United Divided
Tolerance Intolerance
Forgiveness Vengeance
Inclusion Exclusion
Acceptance Discrimination
Peaceful Violence
Permission Force
Consent Rape
Endorse Censor
Respect Debase
Protect Harm
Progress Stagnation


The List of Good and Evil is a work in progress. We need to increase its accuracy, increase the number of those who know of its existence, and increase the number of those who will support it. We need to study it, criticize it, continuously update it into all languages, and vote upon it. This list will evolve over time. As it does, it will remain non-negotiable to those who live by it. We invite everyone to read this list often, to update it often, to vote on it often, and abide by it always.

How to draw up a list

If we are going to make a pact with any human, it makes sense to ask them what they stand for. To help compare values of good and evil both parties draw up a list. One side of the list is for good. The other side is for evil.

Be aware that in making this list there is a layer of checks and balances that we apply. Only two words allowed on each line. When we think of a good word, to add to our list, we must also think of its likely evil opposite. By dividing our list into single words, we make sure that both sides of our list have room for a matching likely opposite. What do I mean by likely? I mean an almost exact opposite; or as exact as can be expected and agreed upon. Additionally, by only allowing one word per side, we avoid phrases that may be misinterpreted, or lost in translation and interpretation.

Use two opposites

Notice how by using two opposites it is easier to recognize and put a name on both extremes of good and evil. If you think of something that you perceive as good but can’t name its evil opposite, maybe the perceived good isn’t that good after all. (E.G., Love is perceived as a good word, and hate is its opposite. However, many forms of love are not necessarily good, and many forms of hate are not necessarily evil.)

Likewise, if you think something is evil, but cannot come up with an opposite, then maybe it is not quite so evil after all. In either case, you could try again, simply using a different word that means close to the same thing (a synonym).

We will have to omit many obvious words describing good from our list, when their likely opposites do not fit quite as nicely as we would like. At the same time, we will have to omit many words that describe evil for the same reason. Choosing good and evil this way helps to narrow down the opposite forces into their most basic definitions.

By building our list this way, there can be no doubt as to the validity of the names we use in the end to describe good and evil. We do not need to fight over words that do not make the list. What we do need to do is agree on the words that are listed.

Civilized people who do not speak the same language, on opposite sides of the world, with opposite points of view, will come up with lists similar in nature. That is the point. By using the same method in developing our list, most people’s list should be a close match. No surprises, no contradictions, these lists will be the same at any time, in any place, in any language. Only the pronunciations will be different.

Please leave a reply below. Add words you believe need to be included, discarded, or changed, and why you think so. In addition, we would appreciate any thoughts you have on how we can improve or explain the way we draw up our List of Good and Evil.

by Scott M. Eaton
Created: May 15, 2011

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