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Subj: Not sure I agree.
Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 at 01:07:45 pm EST (Viewed 128 times)
Reply Subj: The D&D Ethics Model - Has it gone mainstream?
Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 at 11:54:53 am EST (Viewed 139 times)

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And what are the ramifications of society, if any?

Lawful - neutral - chaotic. Good - neutral - evil. This three-axis scheme has become familiar on social media, especially Facebook. See pic. Many people just accept this model as making sense. Does it?

I was thinking about the comic book notion of Heaven and Hell being at war and being unconcerned with collateral damage. How does this make sense? Isn't Heaven Good and Hell Evil? Shouldn't Good be compassionate and kind? But what if comic book Heaven is Lawful and comic book Hell is Chaotic and that's the only dichotomy at play? Isn't that really what the comics are portraying? Sure, Satan and Mephisto are evil, but is every demon in comic book Hell evil? Would it be that shocking to find a Chaotic Good demon? How about a Lawful Evil angel? The D&D model suits this perfectly.

I could argue that perceiving the possibility and implications of Lawful Evil and Chaotic Good is precisely what it means to achieve the highest level of moral sophistication. Yet I wouldn't have the terminology nor even really the concepts without D&D and all that it spawned.

Thoughts?



I would argue that Chaotic Good, such as Thor or Rogue, would have more chance of being in Heaven than someone with Lawful Evil, such as Darkseid.

Someone Lawful, will just exploit the rules to give themselves an advantage. So Darkseid will use his authority as ruler to kill his son or underlings when they fail him. Thor and Rogue would rebel against Cap or the President of the USA or Odin to save someone innocent.





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