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Posted on 2013.01.05 at 15:36
I believe I might start using the word, "dystopic," as a substitute for, "evil." This sidesteps the whole argument over whether there can be such a thing as absolute "evil". Also, there is no clear line between "evil" and "mentally ill". "Dystopic" will blur this fine line, including mental illness in its definition, but only mental illness in the sense that it impacts society or personal relations in a way comparable to evil. For example, "sociopathy," can be a mere psychological condition, or a new buzzword used to blame corporations and GOP and other serial killers. A "dystopic" sociopath would cover the more negative connotation, along the impact on society, and yet lessen some of the subjective blame in inherent in the buzzword version. Perhaps, in time, like the French word for, "unclean," coming to mean clinically insane, and then just plain fucked up, (as in, "madman101"), the idea of, "dystopic," may itself degenerate into a new meaning, but we are all trapped in some dark, forgotten, misunderstood, "HISTORY," aren't we? One day, we will all be looked upon as serfs to the great Goldman-Sachs, Federal Reserve alchemists.

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bobby1933
bobby1933 at 2013-01-05 23:42 (UTC) (Lien)

Dystopia

Dystopic, as contrasted with eutopic is a good science fictiony word for dysfunctional society. If "normal" is what gets you by and "deviant" is what gets you killed, institutionalized, exiled, shunned, shamed or etcetera, then evil is normal in a dystopia and good is deviant. Is the USA a dystopia? It certainly is for most people if not for those who "count."
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2013-01-06 00:19 (UTC) (Lien)

Re: Dystopia

Yes, Virginia, the USA is a dystopia. But it certainly can be moreso. so, borrowing the term from sci-fi, i am using it to suggest those who encourage further harm to the future which, for sure, as a concept, contains an element of our utopic dreaming in it. but, also, science.

that is an interesting point about deviance becoming normal. interests vested in profitting through job-killing profits or investments, etc., might argue to the "normal middle class" that their deviance is a good, now. but, we who maintain a utopic vision, or a remembrance of a functional past, would certainly argue that their deviance, though now called normal, was in fact dystopic for society, and must be changed. unfortunately, this does introduce a element of moralising and control, but they asked for it, ha ha. there is no sin in regulation per se.
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