Darth Mortis Posted March 22, 2007 Share Posted March 22, 2007 Evil could be considered theft (Stealing anything, which would include killing which is a type of theft) for no reason other than you can. Meaning that your survival or someone elses does not require such a course of action. Good could be considered providing someone with something (An item, idea or just help) without any requirement to do so for any reason. Of course there are shades of grey between these two extremes. Killing someone is widely considered an evil act, unless its to save a life or during wars when it can be praised. Providing help to someone can sometimes be for nothing more than the satisfaction at having provided such help. What defines good and evil is context, and a lot of that context comes from what you consider good and evil to start with. Jedi, for example, would consider killing someone when you are angry as an evil (or maybe that should be wrong) act. Even if you didn't kill them because you were angry but because you had no choice. Sith on the other hand would consider sparing someones life as bad (or maybe that should be good) act, even if you didn't spare their life because you didn't want them dead but because you believe they might be helpful at some point down the line. Such a definition would mean that very few Jedi or Sith could be considered truely good or evil-Anakin didn't become Darth Vader because he wanted to destroy the Jedi, but because he wanted to save his wife. It could be argued that Obi-Wan helped Luke at least in part because in doing so he was helping himself undo some of his mistakes with Anakin. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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