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Subj: Re: The D&D Ethics Model - Has it gone mainstream?
Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 at 10:53:27 am EST (Viewed 141 times)
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Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 at 11:54:53 am EST (Viewed 210 times)

Most people know of the table, but may not entirely know where it is from.

In D&D the other planes are broken into alignments. So the outsiders there are of a given outlooks on things.

Like the Abyss is Chaotic Evil and the Nine Hells are Lawful Evil. And the two actually have had a pretty epic battle happening since the beginning over what face evil should have. Ordered or chaotc?

Always was one of my favorite parts of the game really. At least in terms of fluff.

    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.


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