What is evil?
Functionally, it tends to be that which we align ourselves against in terms of both our identity and responsibility.
We act as though evil is that which we are incapable of doing, and in no way responsible for making manifest in the world.
But of course, that’s not what evil really is.
Evil is the initiation of force or deceit against others in pursuit of one’s own benefit.
Quite simple, really. The difficulty is in determining what constitutes deceit and the initiation of force. Recently, the belief that words themselves can be considered initiations of force has come into vogue. The names we call each other has for many eclipsed in importance the ways in which we behave. Justice has been perverted into a righteous euphemism for revenge.
Evil has become more a label for people, especially collective groups of people, more than it is a structured way of defining actions.
The result of such linguistic perversion is the current state of affairs, where political belief and cultural identity is considered the paramount marker for how someone ought to be regarded and treated.
Perhaps that is why a rather menacing word has come to describe the cultural climate in our modern era: Regressive.
Nothing can be regressive without being destructive, and there is perhaps no greater sign of evil than a seemingly unstoppable, angry, unthinking, destructive force.
How can such a force be stopped?
By a sober consideration of what actually constitutes evil, and what principles if sustained for decades and centuries will lead to lasting progress. Angry mobs do not build great civilizations.
Angry mobs do not build great civilizations. They only tear them down.
Evil people never evaluate their individual actions on a moral basis. They only align themselves against an enemy and thus justify any opposing behavior. Beware of forming such an identity. It can easily land you on either unfortunate side of the torches and pitchforks.