The Relationship of Evil and Happiness

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Happiness, evil and morality Recently a friend of mine was talking to me about her sister. She is Lebanese and lives in Lebanon with her family. Daughter of a very conservative mother, my friend’s sister is homosexual and has been in a relationship with another woman for the past three years. Her mother considers homosexuality as wrong and evil and therefore cannot share her daughter’s happiness neither can she feel the motherly joy of seeing her child finding love and growing to an independent and happy life. If this story is significant of the actual issues of the consideration of homosexuality in conservative countries, it also illustrates the correlation of two concepts that are central issues here and in many other cases: evil and happiness. If evil may not be the only cause for unhappiness, it seems that its presence constantly obstructs happiness. Thus, it is very tempting to consider that for one to exist the other must not especially that happiness cannot exist if there is evil. It remains to be seen whether the mere presence of some evil constrains happiness or if the two can coexist if they occupy different levels. We naturally consider the concepts of "evil" and "happiness" as utterly opposed. But isn't there something that binds them together? Can't we overcome the opposition? Is there an antinomy between the two? What is the relationship between evil and happiness? In order to have a complete overlook of this question, I will observe in a first part how evil and happiness are deeply linked and opposable forces. Then In a second part I will ask if evil isn’t necessary to achieve happiness. And finally I will expose the idea that evil and happiness are two concepts of same nature that serve the function of structuralizing and justifying morality. Since evil is a concrete cause for unhappiness (which is immediately opposed to happiness) because
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