When the world decided that the first world war was the fault of Germany the Treaty of Versailles bankrupted an entire nation. It created a toxic environment that allowed an Adolf Hitler to rise to power. He would go on to do some of the most evil and atrocious acts our world has known. Today many people would say if they had the chance, they would kill Hitler, but Hitler’s skewed morality and his rise to power was through the mechanism of heroism to his own people, heroism against conditions created by the rest of the world. If it wasn’t Hitler it would of been someone else. When you create situations of desperation, you create evil.
Snakes, Demons, Satan, and black. Evil, we would all know it when we see it right? The reality is what most of us think evil looks like is how we would like it to look like because if it is ugly, it is easy to identify. More often then not evil can start beautiful and it doesn’t get ugly until right at the end. For those who wish for the world to be black and white, it gets even more complex. What if a murder leads to an entire community being re-connected and love being discovered where it would of never have been discovered before? Alas, good outcomes brought on by horrible ones make for our most favorite stories. We absolutely love heroes but heros are a consequence of evil, not good. For the majority of the population, the understanding of evil is primitive and most of us will let it run rampant without even knowing it and then we act surprised when nations go to war.
To understand evil, we must first understand what drives all evil and that is want. There are no exceptions, all evil derives from want. However all of our personal actions also derive from want, even if it is a want to make the world better. So does this mean we are all inherently evil? No, it means we are all capable of it. When someone puts them self in front of all others and when they do actions of want without regards to consequences, you have evil. All the mythical entities or invisible forces are simply an exaggeration or an explanation of the aforementioned concept. It is absolutely necessary that we start labeling things correctly and not expect evil to be labelled for us in a completely obvious way; because not only does that not happen, it is incredibly dangerous and it stops human progression on every front. Assuming that the difference between good and evil is simply one set of rules is a surefire way we will never eliminate evil.
The most evil thing of all is that fact that evil has evolved, and we are still talking about it in black and white terms and looking for the demons around the corner that have horns on their head. The real demon around the corner is a politician getting money from a lobbyist to get a law passed which would allow for sub-par belt straps to be used in cars, but it will be promoted as a cost savings bill for the consumer. The politician dresses in a nice suit and everyone loves him.