Strigine, on 09 July 2012 - 10:58 PM, said:
More to the point, a person is 100% evil they can't be considered "black" anymore.
I assume you mean "if they aren't." But I question that really. If you're 95% evil, you're near enough to black as makes no appreciable difference. Some would even say you're just a shade of black that isn't quite total pitch.
Furthermore, with respect to characters like Gregor and Ramsey and Joffrey, I'm not convinced that they aren't
"100% evil." I can't recall one redeeming quality any of the three of them ever demonstrated, and I have difficulty thinking of anything non-evil
they ever did other than basic human functions like "eat food." They're basically all three true Black Hats, as black as black comes, or -- again -- near enough as makes no difference.
We can argue over whether people who are 90% evil are still called evil.
Well, now, I'm not arguing that the issue isn't more complex than just "you're good and you're evil, and that's the end of it." I'm just saying that "you're gray, and that's the end of it" is every bit as simplistic, or perhaps even more so (as it amounts to making no determination whatsoever).