The Nature of Evil

I’ve often wondered how people do evil with a straight face and then sleep well at night afterwards. Surely, this is not how humans are ideally wired. Some even have dual personalities. To the world they are saints, but they perpetrate gross perfidy behind closed doors.

I have a theory about why this happens.

Everytime you make a bad decision, it changes you. If you make enough terrible decisions, you’ll get to the point where the person that does evil is no longer the person you once were. Your heart will change and your moral bandwidth will expand. Your rationalisations and justifications will become easier. You will break the rules not just for expediency sake but because you can get away with it, again and again. At the root of life-changing evil is the abuse of power. But when all is silent and night dawns, those who do evil know something is wrong.

When you get to that point, you need to get on your knees and admit that you’re wrong and want to find your way back. You need to let your “dirty little secret” out so it loses its grip on your soul. You need to expose your faults to a trusted confidante and your God. Admission of guilt (and humility) is the first step to penance. Then, you need to accept forgiveness.

People find their way back all the time. They start over. Are you willing to take the first step?

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