The Human Flaw by W.P.W.

EVIL! What does it mean? Well, as most people would describe it, evil would be the embodiment of immorality. But can someone actually be pure evil? Can someone actually devote everything they do to evil?

When somebody is in a situation they usually will think about the end of it as the most important. When most people do this they see it in terms of pros and cons. For an example, when you take the day off of work you think of what you will end up having to do later. This line of thinking usually excludes others in favor of yourself, such as your brain is programmed to do for survival. But what does skipping work and survival have to do with evil?

When humans think of what they should do next, thinking ahead, or forming an idea of what to do they tend to lean towards the option that most benefits them. This is either weighed against the losses that others or the person thinking about it might receive. When they disregard that loss of others completely for their own, we could call that evil. Can’t we? Well it isn’t that easy is it? We have to think about it from that person’s perspective despite them having done something that might hurt us, or inconvenience us they are just doing what would be best for them.

So even if someone may be putting someone else down it is for their own benefit which is how humans are programmed to think and act, for their own benefit and survival. This as we can see leads to much disparity for some or very little depending on the situation. There may be a lot of different perspectives that we can choose to look through, the person who wrongs for their own gain, the ones who are wronged, or those unaffected by the situation. From any of these perspectives except maybe the second one, we can see that the person who is doing the wrong is doing it because they are made to metaphysically. This is not to excuse those who abuse others for their gain or to ask for reparations to all victims. Simply to say that we are all human, and that isn’t always a good thing.