I find it interesting that people who describe themselves as ‘rational’ and ‘reasoning’ still find some mysticism over the nature of ‘evil’. I don’t even think they are fully aware of it.
The other day I was involved in a discussion where someone was commenting on the evil nature of an individual when discussing something they said that was fundamentally true. I responded to this by saying something akin to:
the truth is still the truth regardless of it’s source. If Adolf Hitler spoke a truth, I would still claim it to be accurate.
The response from this person was to ask “so do you quote Adolf Hitler a lot?” In truth, no – I don’t really spend a lot of time looking into the words of a sociopath enough to even know what to quote from him. I responded instead by stating that men who achieve power do so by gaining support of the people. Even if their eventual end is to ‘take’ power, they must first have some level of power to begin with — most likely granted to them by people who supported the things they said; things mixed with both truth and falsehood.
So what does this say for the nature of ‘evil’ if true words are somehow tainted because they are spoken from men with evil intentions? Is there some kind of ‘mystical nature’ to evil that discolors even the very nature of realities, “the facts” and objective evidence?