Thoughts on how most people don’t inherently do ‘evil’ acts

I have always felt that most people don’t inherently do ‘evil’ acts.  That is to say, the person who kills, maims, manipulates, steals, etc., just because its their nature, is very rare.  These people do exist, but I do not feel they are all that common. 

I’ve found that people tend to speak a lot to the ‘evil’ tendency in people but I’ve found that the demonstration of this tendency is rare as well.  Many people have ‘evil’ intensions inside, but it take a lot more than ‘evil’ intensions to get it out.

My inquiry has shown that when people do things that are ‘evil’ or bad they have somehow justified it in their minds.  What does this mean?  It means that people have to see a ‘right’ in what they do even though it is considered ‘evil’.  It shows that people are motivated out of a sense of ‘right’ deep down.  The problem is that this sense of ‘right’ is twisted.  If this is the case, then it means that people are not inherently ‘evil’ nor is there much of an ‘evil’ tendency in people that, by itself, makes them do ‘evil’ things. 


Because, deep down, they need to do what is ‘right’, at least in their mind.  Many killers, criminals, politicians, etc. all have to develop an explanation of why they are ‘right’ before they commit the ‘evil’ acts they commit.   Even though they may have ‘evil intentions’ it is seldom carried out until that explanation of ‘right’ is found.  And so this seems to reveal that the critical aspect of their behaviour is when they find that ‘right’ philosophy, not that they have evil intentions.  In a way, it is a dilemma of logic, of why they see they are ‘right’ that is at issue here.  Once that ‘right’ philosophy is found, that justifies their intentions, then it runs wild.  We see this with serial killers, politicians like Hitler, criminals, and so on.  When you sit down and look at it you’ll find that they have developed a philosophy or point of view that makes what they do ‘right’.  Had they not of found this philosphy then they would of not of done what they did.

It shows the power of a sense of ‘right’ in humanity, that people – even with ‘evil intentions’ – won’t display this until they feel they are doing something ‘right’.  This is the paradox, the irony of it all.  It basically says that most ‘evil’ acts is justified by a sense of ‘right’.

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