M. Douglas Wray

Regarding Evil and American Identity, Part 1

We have a skewed idea of what most evil actually is.

We think evil – true, active evil – has at its base the intent to do harm or wreak havoc. It conforms with our Western (and very American) notions of the devil or demons. Hannibal Lecter enjoys causing extraordinary pain and gruesome torture. A James Bond villain may want to blow up the Earth. And, for sure, there exists in the world this kind of evil, people for whom there is no motivation other than the desire to create suffering. But that’s not the way most evil is practiced.

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