I ran into a huge iceberg of evil lying below everyday life, and that inspired me to create this blog. In turn, that led to my reading books on the topic, and also books that are not directly about the topic, but which were very relevant There is no big answer on this site to what causes evil, but there are a lot of little answers, and some very dramatic examples of evil – even in the heart of a great country like ours.


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  1. Interesting blog and it needs to be said. A couple of quotes you probably already know: If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. Also I read a story about a Nazi hunter who said something like: If you chase monsters long enough take care least you become one.

    Not that you would become one but take care least knowing the evil suck the life out of you.

  2. I’m a 48-year-old college graduate, author and mother of three grown children. I’m also bi-polar and survived a physically and emotionally abusive/neglectfull childhood. I’ve always known that I don’t feel the way others do. I do have empathy, though I score a 10 on the test. I also know that I can turn it off at will, and I consider that a survival mechanism, because I can’t afford to care too much. With a great deal of study and effort and attention to detail I managed to be a reasonably good parent, though emotionally distant. My son, now 27, leans more heavily toward the psycopath end of the spectrum than I do, being manipulative and judgemental and oftem simply mean – and not caring. He’s also aware of this and tries to modify his behavior *when he thinks he should*.

    This may all be irrelevant and simply an example of my self-centered nature, but I want to say that I believe mental illness, specifically issues of brain chemistry, are more important than the genetic aspects, in a practical sense. I feel that the discussion of ‘what is evil?’ is a waste of time and resources when working to solve the practical problems would benefit many more people, both those with the problems and the ones that live with them and or love them.

    Not sure I stated that as clearly as I wanted, so I’ll have to hope that you can see what I’m really saying. Not that it will affect anything, I just wanted to say it. Like most people, I want to be *heard* – and perhaps, unlikely, to be understood.

    1. There are multiple reasons for evil behavior, in my opinion. I think you are right that issues of brain chemistry are the key in some cases. But how does this explain for instance the institution of slavery in the U.S.?. Were all the slaveholders mentally ill or psychopaths? I would think not, and that its more likely environment and culture had something to do with it. I think this blog is not a waste of time, because it shows that all of us can commit evil acts in certain circumstances, and some of us will commit evil acts no matter how we are brought up. Those latter individuals may indeed benefit from advances in medicine, rather than books and websites such as this. However, there are questions if you start looking at behavior as caused by mental illness. In parts of Italy, some people join the Mafia, and some don’t and some fight the Mafia. Now, what differs? Are the Mafia mentally ill? Do they have brain circuitry that is different than other people? Is that brain circuitry genetic? I feel that knowing what bad people are capable of, and who they attack, and why, would be valuable. I can’t say this website had all the definitive answers, but it has some answers, and it alerts you to depths of evil you may not know exist, even in the best of societies.

  3. Rural communities sometimes have their on slave society, where the wealthiest people runs the town’s every decision. The way they stay on top is by white collar crimes. They did it to the the Indians and blacks. Now they do it to anyone, they don’t pay property taxes. Only the poorest take care of the taxes, the rich refuses to pay. I have never seen anything like small town political crooks. Oh but the poorest citizens take the fall for everything.

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