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Kris Christenson

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Is there good that is not based in knowledge and evil that is not based in ignorance?

Socrates said, "There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance," but lately I've wondered if this in fact true. As of now, I have not been able to come up with examples that truly discredit it, and it seems a very plausible and elegant description. So I'm curious what theTED communities thoughts are.


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  • Apr 29 2013: I define evil as knowing something is bad and doing it anyways. Like for example, a CEO at a large company decides to do some insider trading. He knows that it will adversely affect thousands of stockholders and maybe even wreck some poor old grandma's retirement. He does it anyway for personal gain. This has nothing to do with ignorance, only selfishness.
    • May 1 2013: Or is it based in his ignorant belief that his own benefit is more important than the well being of others?

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