MENO: That appears to be the truth, Socrates, and I admit that nobody desires evil
Then to them the good will be enemies and the evil will be their friends?
And in that case they will be right in doing good to the evil and evil to the good?
Then if a man says that justice consists in the repayment of debts, and that good is the debt which a man owes to his friends, and evil the debt which he owes to his enemies,--to say this is not wise; for it is not true, if, as has been clearly shown, the injuring of another can be in no case just.
Nothing evil can happen to the good man either in life or death, and his own death has been permitted by the gods, because it was better for him to depart; and therefore he forgives his judges because they have done him no harm, although they never meant to do him any good.
Yet the defence, when taken out of this ironical form, is doubtless sound: that his teaching had nothing to do with their evil lives.
But if, as Socrates argues, all evil is involuntary, then all criminals ought to be admonished and not punished.
On the other hand, his hope of immortality is uncertain;--he also conceives of death as a long sleep (in this respect differing from the Phaedo), and at last falls back on resignation to the divine will, and the certainty that no evil can happen to the good man either in life or death.
They strengthened me to do evil, to forget my Search.
In my own Hills, on the edge of my own country, in the very place of my evil desire, comes the buffet - here
Although he speaks bitter words against the evil
deeds of priest and monk, he does not attack the Church.
xix, "That God is not the cause of evils
," in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, Second Series, Vol.
Despite its seemingly subversive message, it supports America's civic religion and promotes the idea of voting for "the lesser of two evils
Shadows of past evils
that the German people are ashamed of still hang over their heads as Waldbaer's investigation of the murder turns into something more than murder, he finds a larger conspiracy may be behind it all.
In writing this book, it was my wish to understand the criminal rather than the victim, and I put more weight on evils
committed than on evils