Now, I’ve only one other topic I’ve written about on this subject, here, and so I’m not getting into my personal beliefs on “evil” and I will now stop putting it quotation marks.
I will only offer this very general opinion: evil is the absence of conscience.
It is also the inability to empathize with others.
And a lack of compassion perhaps.
This entry is not really about what it is—this is about what causes it and why so many (especially non-religious) people have such a difficult time trying to understand why someone could do something so utterly horrible to another person—or to an animal.
What I *guess* causes it is hyper-left-brainedness. I know the right-brain houses the inherent “ethics” of mammals like us, and the left-brain in humans creates an artificial reflection of this biological mechanism; we know this as “morality.” Conscience and morality are two different things.
What about sociopaths and psychopaths? With them, it is not just they lack a function of their to know what is good to do and what is bad to do; no, it’s more than this: they enjoy being “bad.” They get off being fucking evil. Why?
How would a person enjoy inflicting pain and suffering on another life form?
This is the part that has confused me in the past—this is the part that confuses a lot of people, in fact.
I’m not talking about sadism, sado-masochism, sociopathy, psychopathy, or any other psychological term. Is evil just a mental illness? I don’t know. I’m going to proceed as though it is not.
So, the question is…how does a good human being become evil? I mean, most people are basically good folks. They care about their family, they care about their children, and their friends. They try to help where they can. They see a person bleeding and screaming and they feel—they empathize with them—and their biology via their right-brains lets them know that this is wrong and they should do something to stop this terrible thing.
One might argue that children don’t seem to have this (conscience), and to a degree it’s true—their brains and minds are not fully developed. It’s there, but like any other mental function of an infant, it’s unformed.
Ever watch a toddler with a puppy? Yeah, that little kid could kill that thing and not comprehend what just happened. That little kid could jam spikes into the puppy’s ear canals, claw out its eyes, and jump on its back…giggling all the way while this poor creature yelps and suffers and bleeds and dies…
When I was six years old my sister was mad at me (she was a year older) and threw a fork at me—it hit me, points forward, in my forehead. I was so mad I walked outside to my dad’s shed, grabbed an ice cream pail full of nails, marched back into the house, down the hall, into the living room, and whipped this five-pound bucket of nails at my sister’s face. She ducked and it smashed through the large front window.
She hurt me and I wanted revenge; I was enraged and wanted to hurt her—bad.
When I was the same age I used to take a magnifying glass, catch insects (mainly ants), and pin them down; with the magnifying glass I would focus the sun on the abdomen of the creature until it exploded, literally boiling the bugs’ fluids.
Why? Why did I do this?
I was an angry kid, and I took out my anger in many ways—and this as one. It never occurred to me that this was a life form that had the same right to exist as I did.
But I did not see it that way. I was a pissed off six-year-old.
Not many people have empathy for insects—it is because the less an organism looks like us, the less able we are to feel anything for it. The more it seems like an object. The easier it is to just smash it.
What makes it easier is the robotic automaton nature of insects—given the chance, they would kill you; they would eat you; they would lay eggs in your eye sockets or your brain, have their young eat you alive, drive you crazy. They steal your blood, steal your skin, and give you diseases in the process.
Well, fuck, why not kill them?
The thing is, they are not evil. They are beyond that concept; they have no capacity for good or evil—they just survive and carry on. It’s nothing personal; they don’t enjoy it or laugh about it, or boast to their insect buddies later. It’s just business.
So, when I’m out in the wild, this is what I do: I leave insects alone, generally, until they land on me. Spiders I give a wider birth and am not quick to kill them when they crawl or fall on me. I brush them away (spiders eat harmful insects—flies, mosquitoes, et al). They have a get-out-of-jail-free card. But anything else (except hoverflies, which just feed on plant liquids and nectar, and sometimes will land on you because you resemble a flower or might have sugary stuff left on your fingers, or whatever), I will flick off or just kill. It depends what I think it is and what kind of threat it is to me.
This approach is a combination between a conscience and a set of morals, I think.
So, how can a human being have this mentality towards other humans?
Well, I think it’s not an easy, cut and dry situation. You can train people (see: National Socialists, Germany) to “hate” another group of people; governments have been doing this since Sumer, and probably way before that. Demonization. What does that mean? To make into a demon; well, what is a demon? It is not human and it is harmful to humans. It’s an enemy that is nothing like us. It must be fought and destroyed.
I guess it’s not that hard to make otherwise good people to do unspeakably evil things to other people. The rulers of empires and kingdoms have become masters at this, thousands of years before Rome.
Maybe 99% of human history (since agriculture) has been about the people being used and abused by its rulers, its kings and queens, its emperors and dictators, its oligarchs and control-freaks and intellectual social engineers and self-appointed experts of what’s good for you. The overwhelming majority of human experience on this planet has been tyranny.
The last few hundred years here in the West have been a dream, a delusion, a brief blip on the radar that didn’t come back to bleep a second time. So, probably 99.99% of our leaders, whether elected or unelected, in the entire expanse of human history, have been either sociopaths or psychopaths. If you like these psyche terms. I prefer the term “just plain fucking evil.”
But what I really mean by that is that they’re consistantly doing evil things (and we are what we do, repeatedly).
The overwhelming common experience of being human, like you and me, has been stuff like this…
(Warning: the video directly above is the full version and is extremely graphic; I’ll bet you every coin I have on me that you will not be able to watch the entire thing. I dare you to try.)
(Another warning: very graphic and disturbing.)
These are not isolated rare cases. People (not criminals) are being beaten, tasered, shot, or tortured (and, in many cases, to death) by a force of armed citizens who were put in their positions to “protect and serve” the public. This shit is going on all over North America every single day. I could literally sit here for hours, days, and plaster thousands of videos here as evidence, but I won’t. You’re not a fucking fool; you know this happens.
The issue is whether you believe these people deserve what happened to them.
If you felt bad, sick, or angry, that’s good; it means you’re still human.
Me, when I searched to find another video I recalled, I came across a few on the police getting beaten up; in most cases, they had it coming, in my opinion. But the point is, I enjoyed these.
And I caught myself smiling, and I stopped, and thought, Well, that’s it, isn’t it?
I was cheering for the abused, and I enjoyed watching the abuser get what was coming to him (even though these cases were unrelated—it was not the same person: just the same uniform). I loved watching a citizen stand up and clock a police officer in the face. I felt a rush, a flood, of adrenaline and I was grinning.
And that’s how easily evil can take place.
The bad guy’s getting whooped.
So, the question becomes who is the bad guy? Who decides and how is this decided? In the mind, I mean. Unconsciously, or subconsciously, because this just happened five minutes ago and I do not remember any conscious decision.
The uniform. One form. Of course that makes it easier to lump them all together. Like insects.
Anyway, I just wanted to get that out: during an attempt to write about the nature of evil, I watched police beating to death a couple of innocent people, and then I watched citizens defending themselves against different police and I was glad those cops were getting what was coming to them; which is evil, because I don’t think it’s right for me to enjoy the suffering of another human being under any circumstances.
Interesting, I must say.
[And that’s all I can say right now. I’m drained and have a headache from just this little bit I’ve written, and I haven’t even gotten into half of what I wanted to bring up here. This was not supposed to be all about police, but… Need to get away from this for a bit.
Well, I got up over an hour ago and checked the usual alternative media sites, and there it was: the two cops charged with the murder/manslaughter of Kelly Thomas (the 2nd and 3rd videos from the top) have been acquitted. And now I’m going to change directions here.
To be continued…]