Is the construct of good and evil an artifact of intelligence?

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    Do you believe the construct of good and evil to be an artifact of intelligence?
     
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    Animals aren't good or evil because it takes intelligence to be one or the other, so yes.
     
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    It's a social construct, necessary for the healthy functioning of a society/civilization.

    So yeah, I'd think the rules were drawn over time leveraging observation and innate intelligence.
     
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    "Good" and "evil" are manifestations of dualistic thinking. This is inherent in the perceptual apparatus and processing humans posses. It can be surmounted through intelligence, or is can be brought to atrocious forms of excess.
     
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    It's not apparent because we don't know how existence came to be, or if it action-ably "came" to be...If it came to be by some intelligence that had a purpose for existence's each aspect... or if it merely rolled a ball down a hill and "whatever developed, developed..."

    Naturalism does have a perfectly viable explanation for it, as does theism.
     
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    What do you mean by artifact of intelligence?
     
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    probably "concept we developed"
     
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    Yes. Man's intelligence. That is why the concept varies so much between cultures and evolves over time. An example is the OT focus on an eye for an eye and the NT focus on turning the other cheek.
     
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    Do lower forms of animal life consider the concepts of good and evil?

    An example, if a Polar Bear catches and eats a salmon from a stream, does the salmon consider the bear evil? Does the bear consider that eating the fish is evil?
     
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    The bear looks at the salmon as food and the salmon looks at the bear as something that wants to eat him.
    There is no good nor evil.

    Its all innate.
     
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