Posted by alexandra_k on May 4, 2005, at 1:27:00
In reply to Dr. Bob: benevolent or malevolent?, posted by Shy_Girl on May 3, 2005, at 22:59:36
I was a little taken aback by your post over on social. How to describe that...
People say they care about you.
They respond to your posts.
They laugh with you and comiserate with you.
And then you ask whether people care about you or just wish you would go away.
I feel like I am being asked to sit a test.
And now a similar thing with Dr Bob.
He tends not to get involved in such conversations. The point of the boards is for us to provide support and information to each other. He just moderates the boards. He doesn't participate as such.
Every now and then people wonder if the boards are some sort of game or experiment. I have wondered. Sometimes I wonder if the whole of life is like that. If there is a creator then what evidence is there that the creator is benevolent? What evidence is there that the creator is malevolent?
Perhaps people are neither solely benevolent or malevolent. People tend to have multiple intentions and don't really seem to be solely one thing or solely another.
You can't prove someones intentions.
But you can provide some support or some information which seems to disconfirm a hypothesis about what someones intentions are. But if you want certainty then you will be disappointed.
Typically it is good to assume benovelent intent unless the evidence seems to run contrary to that. Why? Because it makes the world and the people in the world seem more pleasant. If we continually question other peoples motives and continually question whether other people really have bad intentions towards us we tend to feel paranoid and / or angry. Then people tend to withdraw from us.
> Please provide evidence of his benevolence/malevolence.
I can't think of anything that indicates malevolent intent - so I assume that he is generally well intentioned. As are we all.