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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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    May 2 2013: Good is survival

    Evil is contra survival
    • May 2 2013: Elaborate?
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        May 2 2013: An individual always seeks to survive above all else. This includes his family, group, animals etc. In other words it is not himself at another's expense.

        When he does not do the above he is doing the opposite which is evil.
        • May 2 2013: So then is it better to help another survive at your own expense? To be frank I think this theory of yours is over simplified.

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