What is 'evil', and does it exist objectively? The metaphysics of good and evil.
By gratuitous I mean 'easily preventable harm, yet allowed to happen to the victim due to callous disregard or enjoyment' — 180 Proof
Is this gratuitous state necessary in order for something to be evil?
"Relative to the perpetrator's value system"? You mean like "just following orders"? — 180 Proof
Following orders could be an example of -- but not sufficiently so -- of one acting to their value system
. I mean to say, that this person is performing this harmful act in accordance to their conceptual beliefs, or value system
. For example, a man is killing people as to release them from what he believes from a world of suffering. It is his belief that he will stay here in this world to suffer, he would off himself, but then he wouldn't be able to "help" others through his benevolent
slayings. To the other, his act is evil, but to him he is doing the world good
Think. Doing evil – producing corpses or dehumanized automatons/beasts – is not as subjective as that; the more unthinking, the easier it is to excuse and to do it. — 180 Proof
I'm not quite sure what you're saying, would you elaborate on this?