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To discuss a statement of this nature it would be necessary to define the meaning of evil In my opinion any act which inflicts harm on another individual or group of individuals is evil and is to be avoided at all costs Taking that in mind one usually restricts his behaviour to acts that do not fall under the category of being evil Following this golden rule all is well and good - until we face a situation where evil acts may seem to lead to good It is not hard to think of such situations For instance the saga of capital punishment springs to mind at once The criminal committed a crime - he may have killed robbed or seriously injured someone - and so he must be punished by taking away mans most valued possession - life Here is an example how evil - which is killing a human being - is employed to serve a good cause which is terminating evil by abolishing it at its roots But is the use of evil in situations like these justified The outcome of that evil act is presumably a good one in the sense that justice is established and a criminal pays for his crimes A whole new light is thrown into the matter if we see the affair from the criminals point of view The criminal who may have committed the crime out of poverty desperate need or psychological disorder is deprived from a chance to lead a new honest life and seeking a better future His humanity is taken away and he turns into a victim of a merciless society and judicial system that often knows no mercy and shows little regard for the human side of the crime while insisting on executing justice The outcome of the supposedly justified act is no longer seen as good but as necessarily and predominantly evil A human life is terminated - where it could
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