This came up in another thread and I thought I'd make a new thread for the discussion. Are there such things as good and evil, or is it all simply in the eye of the beholder? Why or why not? As far as I'm concerned there is definitely both good and evil in the world. Motives do a lot to determine whether something is good or evil. For example, killing is not always evil. If somebody kills an innocent person to steal their car or wallet, for example, they are evil. If somebody else interferes and kills the would be murderer and saves the innocent, that person just did good. This same principle applies to war, the death penalty and a whole host of other scenarios. Far too often I hear the argument "We shouldn't stoop to their level". Take that phrase and apply it to death penalty arguments. Stooping to their level often times would mean going on a serial killing rampage of innocent people. Taking a serial killer out of the picture is NOT the same as killing innocent people. It's a good thing. Thoughts? Do good and evil exist, or are both terms simply in the eye of the beholder?