Notice first how fun-attractive these are. They speak of impishness that feels like fun. What's wrong with that? Look at the connotations.
All these connotations are evil, that subtle evil which appears so harmless and small. Don't millions of people do this? Precisely. When it pervades a community or society, robs that society of trust, love, consideration, and also leads to millions of victims being hurt, humiliated, and perhaps seeking revenge. When this happens - millions of people perpetrating such attitudes and millions more being hurt and seeking revenge, then society as a whole has suffered. And society in which such attitudes prevail is on the slippery slope to the more obvious types of evil like Auschwitz.
It is varied in two ways. In what we do, and in the way we have shaped society so that it is easy to do evil and more difficult to do right.
|Aspect||Example of Blessing||Example of Bane|
|Formative||Industrious, systematic||Destructive, lazy|
Obviously there are many more in each aspect, because each aspect is a constellation of meaningfulness. However, that will give a flavour.
For example, the consumerist and individualistic attitude that pervades Western society makes it difficult for people to do what is right and just rather than what is selfish and indirectly damaging. Such issues might be cited by anti-Western campaigners as evils - and I agree with them - but there are many more kinds of evil that they overlook. God's people have a responsibility to understand and act on all kinds.
I have used Dooyeweerd's aspects to separate out the kinds of structural evil. This is on a separate page because it would make this page rather long. It also contains a challenge and initial suggestions of what to do.
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Created: 5 January 2008. Last updated: 11 October 2013 updated it; new sections on varieties of evil we do, and structural evil (which was then moved to structural.evil); .nav, .end. 13 October 2013 minor wording.