Where does the evil come from?

The human mind has always conceived of love as being capable of coping with hate and destruction. It was also always clear that hate can kill love and that love, in its struggle against evil, can turn into hate by mere frustration.

It is a well-known and common thing that a healthy, upright, honest man while fighting evil and death, may himself change and develop the quantities of exactly the same evil that he is fighting with all his vigor. It is equally well known that love easily, through frustration, turns into bitter hatred, it's exact opposite.

--Wilhelm Reich

Where does the evil come from?

Mk 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.


Where does the evil come from?

The greater evil is wrought by those who intend good, and are convinced they know how to bring it about; and the greater their power to bring it about, the greater the evil they achieve while trying to do it. Not content modestly to oppose evil, they in their arrogance undertake to eliminate it completely, thereby creating greater evil. The war to end all wars prepares the way for bigger wars, for destructions more vast.

--Allen Wheelis

Where does the evil come from?

"How could you do such a terrible thing to people? Didn't you feel any pity for them?" To which the killer replied very matter-of-factly, "Oh, no - I had to turn that part of me off. If I had felt any of their distress, I couldn't have done it."

--unknown source

Where does the evil come from?

And most people are unaware of how deadening the bureaucratic spirit is and how it pervades all spheres of life, even where it seems not to by obvious, as in physician-patient and husband-wife relationships. The bureaucratic method can be defined as one that (a) administers human being as if they were things and (b) administers things in quantitative rather than qualitative terms, in order to make quantification and control easier and cheaper. The bureaucratic method is governed by statistical data: the bureaucrats base their decisions on fixed rules arrived at from statistical data, rather than on response to the living being who stand before them; they decide issues according to what is statistically most likely to be the case, at the risk of hurting the 5 or 10 percent of those who do not fit into pattern. Bureaucrats fear personal responsibility and seek refuge behind their rules; their security and pride lie in their loyalty to rules, not in their loyalty to the laws of the human heart.

But this sadistic streak is only secondary to the primary elements in bureaucrats: their lack of human response and their worship of rules.

Once the living human being is reduced to a number, the true bureaucrats can commit acts of utter cruelty, not because they are driven by cruelty of a magnitude commensurate to their deeds, but because they feel no human bond to their subject. While less vile than sadists, the bureaucrats are more dangerous, because in them there is not even a conflict between conscience and duty: their conscience is doing their duty; human being as objects of empathy and compassion do not exist for them.

--Erich Fromm