Can ideas be evil?

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    There are some posters here who insist that only human action can make something evil. They point out that guns, in and of themselves. are not evil, and they somehow think that justifies their assertion that religions, in and of themselves, are not evil. Apparently, the only thing that is evil is doing evil in the name of a religion.

    I think ideas, and even religions that are based on ideas, can be evil. I think the idea behind the Holocaust was evil. I think eugenics is evil. I think that the idea that you can reach paradise if you kill people is evil. I think a religion based on any of those ideas would be evil through and through.
     
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    Some ideas are evil. I agree with you that genocide and involuntary sterilization are evil ideas. Slavery is an evil idea. Racism is evil.

    Thinking that killing is noble is an evil idea.
     
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    Ideas are not evil.

    actions can be evil.

    I would never condem someone for having pediphilic urges but I sure as fuck would condem them for acting them out.
     
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    I disagree TM. Some thoughts are evil. There is karma with certain thoughts. It's of course worse if you act it out.

    We don't have control over all thoughts. We even accrue karma with dreams.
     
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    I can sure as shit control my thoughts, especially if they are going in a direction I don't like.

    You people need to practice some self control, for God's sake.
     
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    Can you control your dreams?
     
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    As a matter of fact, I can.
     
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    I taught myself to do it because I suffered from night terrors and recurring, extended nightmares (the kind that you'd wake up screaming from, then fall asleep and sink back into..and have repeatedly, on different nights).
     
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    Are you saying you have lucid dreams? You dream and know you're dreaming and can control your dreams?
     
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    Yes.

    Not so much any more, once I learned how to control them, I stopped having the really terrifying ones so frequently. Now I rarely have them at all.
     

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