I always have a hard time when people are deemed “evil.” Even when used against people who have committed huge atrocities, such as Hitler or the Vegas shooter. It’s a way of othering them, to turn them into monsters instead of people, and to deny the evil impulses inside of us. It feels that the persons’ being evil was inevitable, that they were just an evil person and so evil things happened.
The fact is that they are people. And to label them as unequivocally “evil,” to disassociate them from regular people and move on, prevents us from understanding the psychology, circumstances, and series of choices that led them down this path. It prevents us from facing the reality that we all have the capacity to make evil choices. Continue reading “Do Evil People Exist?”