“Germans’ anti-Semitic beliefs about Jews were the central causal agent of the Holocaust. The conclusion of this book is that anti-semitism moved many thousands of “ordinary” Germans, and would have moved millions more, had they been appropriately positioned, to slaughter Jews. Not economic hardship, not the coercive means of a totalitarian state, not social psychological pressure, not invariable psychological propensities, but ideas about Jews that were pervasive in Germany, and had been for decades, induced ordinary Germans to kill unarmed, defenceless Jewish men, women, and children by the thousands, systematically and without pity.” (Becoming evil: How ordinary people commit genocide and mass killing)
Evil exists in countless forms. At times, we perceive an object or subject as evil as a result of our ignorance towards others and our environment. Venting, for example, is a form of energy transfer that maintains our own limitations, in which we burden others with negative energy after unconscious negative pressure peaks to the degree at which its release can no longer be delayed. Although venting in itself isn’t evil, it is a part of a repetitive cycle, after which unconscious negative pressure continues to accumulate. Similar forms of release are obtained through the execution of violent acts, such as serial rape or serial murder. Similarly, each time the pressure is released in a ritualistic manner, the degree of release is reduced, hence the period of time between violent acts shortens gradually.
In the example of verbal venting, the individual typically does no harm, but often deflects blame and responsibility or ingratiates themselves with an air of powerlessness, regarding a particular problem or situation on a re-occurring basis. The persistent lack of release often sets a cycle of escalating stress and tension in motion, until release occurs. More often than not, individuals around the “venter” are affected considerably more, when no release can be found. In addition, these individuals are rarely the cause of the problem or participate in its perpetual effects. However, the mere fact that they are in proximity of the venter makes them a possible target for irrational criticism, excessive hostility and even the misuse of authority. If a co-worker is involved, employees are often able to formally complain or refuse to work with the individual in question. However, from personal experience, the individual in question is more often than not in a position of power, which is greater than that of the person that has handed in a complaint of some kind against their behavioural tendencies. In fact, many employees would never dare complain against their superiors, no matter how dire the circumstances, as it would worsen their employment status and would most likely result in their redundancy. Is that evil? The truth is that evil is widely misunderstood, due to the fact that it is very much linked to perception. Evil and corruption are concepts that are the subjects of philosophical and political debate and speculation, which may never reach an official verdict for various reasons. But from a moral perspective, to experience evil could be the effect of a cause that has already happened or is yet to become manifest. Similar to the cause for becoming or expressing “evil”.
Virtues have to be protected and maintained. “Evil prevails when good people fail to act”, therefore inaction could be considered a vice, as it prevents the preservation of good. In my professional opinion, anyone is capable of anything within the right circumstances. Rigid morals are difficult to maintain without hypocrisy and/or deeply conflicing ideologies that will inevitably collide. In the modern world, living according to the law does not necessarily mean that one lives ethically or in harmony with one’s surroundings. For example, Greenpeace activists that promote clean living and equality for animals or bomb vacant oil rigs but still heat their own homes with fossil fuels may be perceived in a wide variety of ways by the overall populous. Tabacco, Firearm, Fast Food and Big Oil CEO’s could be perceived as evil, although they are not personally responsible for the consequences of the consumption their products. Although they are not the cause of the problem, they represent darker aspects of free will, which constitutes the wilful addiction to degenerative, highly addictive chemical additives and preservatives. In the greater scheme, they are merely facilitators for a wide range of destructive human impulses. Also, they ensure their immediate survival on an economic and social scale, while compromising their long-term survival on an evolutionary scale, without consideration of the moral implications.
Since the beginning of recorded history, mankind has used psychological reasoning to discern the cause of evil…the cause of violent crime. It is the connectedness of communities and nations that led to the conception of rule and law. Yet, that underlying greed for power was never far behind to hijack its success for the misuse of authority.
More often than not, I am open about my distrust in governments and disbelief in a truly democratic vote in modern society. However, I am not fearful or otherwise emotional as I trust in the process of life. I trust in the fact that any living being is able to alter the course of history. Nothing in existence is absolutely evil or absolutely good. In a dualistic universe, the corrupt politician with a penchant for school boys donates thousands to charity on a regular basis. We are all capable of positive action. It is our thoughts, words and actions that can be considered evil, but our pure essence is beyond description and beyond verbally expressed reach.
Furthermore, the the modern world, it is more financially viable and socially seductive to engage in morally questionable actions. Personally, I have never fully understood the need for power, as the responsibility and potential (for expansion) always resembled a rather great burden that people often do not appreciate, since it encompasses a limited amount of discipline, restriction and self-control, which constrains their current forms of expression. From a wide variety of former employers to choose, some were more comfortable in their position of power, but none were willing to go out of their way to bond with their employees. In a manner of speaking, they were disposable groups of socially segregated individuals that could be replaced at the drop of a hat. This perception will ultimately face a moment, in which they tables are turned. Although they view others as replaceable, their ego often prevents them from perceiving themselves as such, until they are able to rise above their current station instead of being lowered down the social ranks due to redundancy or other reasons for unemployment. Evil begets evil in an endless cycle of evil and reformation for one single reason: Every single individual is good at something, however, there will always be someone that is more capable. In other terms, every predator and every creative genius ultimately meets their match. We are all ultimately confronted with our own misgivings and limitations for the sake of our own evolution. In fact, times of war and perpetual violence fuel creative innovation to cease the fighting through either mass destruction or peace efforts.
For all intents and purposes, I do not believe in a life-review between lives. I believe that the subconscious mind forms a symbolic representation of what they know is yet to come. (In the form of karmic contracts) However, it is highly probable that any karmic contract can be altered, extended or shortened in exchange for something of moral and/or spiritual worth. On a separate notes, order and chaos are only opposites, due to our radically opposing perception of them. Good and evil, chaos and order are means to the same end. They are states of being and perception that become incorporated into our personality due to conditioning and prolonged exposure to them. It is stated into the Vedic texts that cause and effect are one, which in moments of self-actualisation transcend one’s perception of space-time. Once Samadhi is achieved, cause and effect are stated to remain as one, including the irreversible alteration in one’s perception in space-time, often accompanied by the siddhis.
In my professional opinion, our public understanding of true evil is limited by our own emotional and predatorily nature. Humans rarely perceive themselves as the more virulent or cancerous species upon the planet, yet we are. The exact number of mass extinctions caused by humanity is most likely unknown, however, what is known is that they have risen into the billions. We may consider ourselves as morally superior, yet we no longer know ourselves. The majority of the species eats meat regularly, yet we weep and cry out with disgust, if we are asked to slaughter, skin and gut the animal ourselves. Are they evil for the participation in the extinction of countless species? Is the belief in violence in itself a form of evil? Are we considered evil by the standards of other species in the known universe? Conclusively, we consider an object or subject to be evil due to ignorance and lack of understanding as well as empathy. Unfortunate events that may appear to a source of great evil and suffering may in actuality reveal itself as the creator of profound compassion and revolutionary ideas that shape many future generations yet to come. Evil denotes negativity or negative expression and actions. It is commonly defined as immoral and unpleasant, and as a part of a supernatural force. As we already know, everything has a supernatural force with its own needs and desires. In other terms, evil may just be a negative exchange that in the long-term encourages the transformation of consciousness as a whole toward a greater goal, such as unification of the one mind beyond the point of return.