Through an interview with the fictitious evil rival Yvlekcm House, Weizhou Ding ’23 will lead the weekly McKelvy Scholars discussion on Sunday at 6 p.m., exploring what makes a person good or bad. Email the group for the Zoom link. Background for the talk:
I want us to talk about good and bad in a way that they do not have to be opposite to each other, and in a way that they do not have to be “good is good and bad is bad”. I hope we can have some new feelings towards good and bad at the end of the meeting.
Please prepare these questions for the Yvlekcm House interview:
Are you still able to keep yourself sane after having those crazy thoughts? Or do you prefer the bad version of yourself more?
Let’s find it out together through a personality test on Machiavellianism, which is one of the dark triad traits (narcissism and psychopathy are the other two). Read more information. We will score others anonymously as a fun activity, and no need to worry, I will make sure you don’t have to leak any sensitive information if you don’t want to.
By exploring ways of trying to bad people, I hope we can get a better sense of the meaning of good. After the interview, we might be able to answer questions like “Are good and bad always opposite to each other?” What are the meanings of the word “good”?
We also might be able to talk about evil and other topics like moral nihilism.