Can something truly be evil?
I am someone who does not believe in "evil"
Evil is essentially a boogeyman, when people believe in it, they think that there's a division between "good people" and "bad people", and basically, if you do bad things, you're a bad person and therefore evil, so why should we care about you? Some forgive "bad people" and some do not.
I don't agree with the premise. People are not necessarily good, but we all have the ability and potential to do good things. Sometimes we choose not to. Sometimes we do things that are bad enough that society has an interest in protecting the public from you. Sometimes you're violent felon or a murderer, and we can't just let you go. But there's no "switch". You either have yet to commit a crime society can't forgive, or you have done so. But you are basically the exact same person before and after you commit the crime. We have the potential to do bad things within us. Most of us have no desire. Some who have the desire, choose not to. Until you choose to do really bad things, your credit rating, so to speak, is good. People trust you.
But people have committed heinous crimes and asked for forgiveness, and dedicated what was left of their lives to trying to give something back to society. I think you can be truly sorry and you can change. The only question is, whether we should take the risk on you and let you go. In the American system, life in prison is fairly common. In Norway, there are no life sentences for any crime. The sentence can be extended in super rare cases where the courts believe the public would be in danger if the person were let go, like the neo-nazi mass-murderer Anders Breivik. They won't be letting him out. But violent crime in Norway is very low, and maybe a dozen people or less get murdered with a gun in Norway each year, we have a violent crime rate hundreds of times smaller than the United States (per capita) and a 2,000 times lower gun homicide rate. That's because the prison system here attempts to rehabilitate, not make criminals worse and unable to rejoin society after paying their debt and doing their time.
Norway is a huge example of why there's not "evil" people. There are morally neutral people who live good and decent lives, or they do not.
Evil isn't a thing.
Some acts are wholly irredeemable, sadistic, cruel, destructive, etc. These are not good acts. I don't care if you call them evil as a shorthand, as opposed to some other placeholder like "very very bad". But evil is some kind of "anti-good", there is no such thing in this universe.
Of course... you consider yourself truly evil, concerned by thoughts flashing within your mind from and of you. Evil is simply ‘bad for me" knowledge and doing or saying what is bad for me... evil arises in a mind that is constantly confused. How can we get unconfused... when this brain we puppet delivers pairs of opposed thoughts giving us to choose never ever giving us the final answer. Knowledge is personal. geared from the brain and directed to me controlled part of a program... to grab ripe nutrition by pushing rotten out of the way. We are troubled by confusion and anyone is capable of evil... as when we refuse to use discretion to end someone's suffering... following rules. We blame the rules, but human intelligence rejecting forgiveness over rules not intended to address this particular situation is evil, bad to someone for nothing involved. Actually... evil does not exist, just a word replacing obnoxious conduct. How can we know evil does not exist? We have the power to forgive negatives, allowing them to intermingle seamlessly with positives. Where do we land? Loving! Whatever happened to the negatives that get us "oh so frustrated" we could punch. "Gone!" There is ever danger that people will do such terrible acts that only ‘devil' fits, describing the event. The brain's thoughts are a problem... to be solved, not to live-by. Why? We are delivered pairs of opposed thoughts... One I want to think, positive and the Other is what I do not want to think, negative. We are given to choose and we get stuck... assumed normal. "Never to my dying days will I see negative (or positive) in that." Evil is the negative side of the equation... thus danger is at foot... giving people knowledge shattered, displaying bad for me apart from good for me. Bad for me... blossoms ‘evil' to be believe. People get way out there doing totally horrible deeds, justified by ‘bad for me' apart from all considerations. Language is dangerous. We believe it and we may... act on it. We are best served finding new thinking shifting to the intermingled state including both positive and negative considerations... ending evil potential. Please please look out for the blog "getting to heaven here and now" guiding a trigger to the intermingled state.. seamlessly done.
In my reading, Nero Caesar along with his loyalists, and Adolf Hitler along with his loyalists, are almost unanimously considered Purely Evil.
Nero is generally condemned by history for feeding countless Christians to the lions in the Roman Circus.
Adolf Hitler is generally condemned by history for the genocide of 6 million Jews in so-called concentration camps.
The sadistic brutality of such mass murderers in positions of great power have left a stain on World History that might even last for the next 5 billion years of Human History.
One might consider others. What defines Evil? In my opinion, sadistic cruelty is the crucial factor in Evil. So, Evil can exist on the local level. Yet it is when Evil rises to National Power that it gains the infamy of Pure Evil.
Here are some texts that describe, analyse, and define evil. After you read these, you'll have the tools to decide whether the shoe fits.
Typically when thinking of evil, it is just the opposite of good. In movies, its usually the other side. But just because someone opposes another doesnt mean the other person is evil.
Think of the SS Nazis involved in the Holocaust. Many followed out of fear, but others werent out of fear. Others just lacked the empathy or moral strength to not do evil deeds. That is what evil looks like. Doing evil deeds is not what makes someone evil, anyone could be forced to do evil deeds, but lacking the empathy for our fellow human beings may be what makes someone evil.
While this seems like an obviously affirmative question, I believe being considered evil is a matter of opinion.
No doubt, there are people in every generation that are so messed up it's difficult to describe them as anything but evil, but that is still a matter of opinion.
The only entity that is for sure evil is Satan.
Anyways that's just what I think.
A person considers his/her enemy an evil person. Depends on the condition of suffering, his/her assumption can be more or less severe. In every era, someone is considered pure evil by the world or by a society. Pol Pot from Cambodia is an example.
Since evil is not absolute, that judgement must exist in the mind of the individual. Some would surely say Yes, while other's - just as surely - would say No.
So the answer is that no one is ever truly evil.