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Dissecting The Evil

“don’t compare people like Charles Manson to political figures in order to take a stand against whatever it is you’re so bitter about.” Lynn B (from a comment)

“Manson only destroyed lives the others destroyed nations.” FeatherLeaf

Evil? What is it? How do we measure it? Most importantly how do we identify it and how do we stop it? Charles Manson was an outlaw who violated the law and was responsible for the horrific death of a small number of people. Does he compare to Hitler or Stalin? What about the generals who committed genocide of the Native Americans in this country or the slave traders and slave owners? 

Unfortunately in this world sin abounds and evil is presented to us in many a variety. I have a simple standard on how to rate evil, the more one’s actions hurts others the greater the evil it is. Clearly Charles Manson’s evil is obvious. We can view the horrific pictures of the Tate-Labianca and shudder in disgust. But what about the devastating destruction of the country of Libya that destroyed a nation?

It is rather ironic that on a small scale we vilify murder, but on a large scale we glorify it. I think it is only fair that we use a universal standard.

So who are the evil people in the world? The soldiers who kill and destroy dropping bombs on civilians? The politicians who lie and twist the truth to validate an unjust war? What about the bankers and Wall Street executives and weapons makers who make massive profits from the wholesale destruction of others? What about the public of the United States who either support the wars or remain silent in their apathy?

Let’s dissect the evil and go a little bit deeper, why do we have wars? What is the motivation for all this evil? The bottom line is greed. That wars are waged for economic reasons.

Let’s go down further. Why are people greedy? They are selfish and they care about mammon, or material possessions more than human life.

Surely soldiers going to war aren’t fighting for economic gain? I don’t believe that the young men and women in the military understand the true nature of their mission. I am certain that they are lied to, brain washed and manipulated.

So if we have powerful, selfish, greedy men who control society waging endless wars for financial profit, what can we do about it?

First we identify the problem and see the universality of the evil we face. War is only one aspect of greed. There is the destruction of the environment. There is the disproportionate distribution of wealth so that some have unimaginable wealth while others are starving. There is the general cruelty of man against man prompted by those in control to divide those who are poor.

Secondly we have to expose the problem such as in articles like this. That our leaders, and business executives and lying and manipulating society so that we will do their bidding.

Thirdly we must organize in a grass roots fashion. This will eventually happen naturally. As the greedy people consolidate their wealth taking more from those who have less the poor people of the Earth will have no option but to organize for the sole reason of survival.

Most important of all we must always remember that the enemy are not people but the ideas these people possess. “Do not become the beast in fighting the beast” FeatherLeaf. “If every small step is taken correctly so will every big step.” FeatherLeaf. Keeping ideals is paramount to success.

Finally Miss Lynn B has accused me of being bitter. Billions of people live in abject poverty. Nations are being destroyed for economic exploitation while civilians are being killed and displaced in broad numbers. The ecology of the Earth is being raped and destroyed. Evil, wicked men prosper in their wealth. All significant forms of resistance are systematically terminated. Resources are dedicated to armaments instead of education or health. Perhaps I a reason to be a tad bitter?

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Dissecting The Evil

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2017). Dissecting The Evil. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 20, 2018, from


Last updated: 13 Dec 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Dec 2017
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