What is evil?
You know it when you see it.
When you hurt others without care, that is evil.
But why do we have it? Where does it come from? How can we stop it?
All evil can be tracked down to only two sources:
What I call the two R’s: resources and reproduction. And this usually means money and sex.
(Reproduction includes more than just your sexual activities. For example, the desire for your children to give you grandchildren no matter the cost to others, including to the children themselves.)
(Since money is the embodiment of resources in our society, it is pretty much one and the same at the present moment.)
All other evils can be explained from these two. For example, lying is an attempt to secure more resources or reproduction rights, gluttony is where you hoard calories (resources), vanity can lead to access of more resources and reproduction for a person, with pride you look down on others and feel justified in ignoring their needs and taking what is theirs (resources and reproduction), frustration comes from a lack of the two R’s and frustration leads to anger, hate, and violence, etc.
The Evil of Pursuing Reproduction Above All
When they said that money is the root of all evil, they forgot about sex.
Rape is certainly a product of this evil. But since rape is something you usually can’t get away with (at least not the violent type), it comes in other forms, date rape, peer pressure, coercion, etc.
That is clear, but this evil comes in other ways. For example, when women want to have children no matter what so they lie about being on the pill or put a hole in a condom.
Or when a school bully harasses a kid into taking their own life because they were friendly to the boy or girl the bully is sexually attracted to.
The Evil of Pursing Resources Above All
Theft is the product of this evil for sure. Whether it is by violence, lying, or manipulation, it is all about taking anything you can away from people without regard to how it hurts them.
Like rape, theft by violence is not easy to get away with, so it is done by other means: having the appearance of justice and caring, like government and lobbyist groups, so they can easily take your money, corporations putting people under emotional distress to make bad decisions, or people just misrepresenting the facts to get your money.
Again, a lot of bullying behavior (especially passive aggressiveness in the work place) and dirty tricks by parents to pressure their children into high paying jobs can be explained by this evil.
While not a main source of evil, projection of the lack of resources and/or reproduction rights explains a lot of human behavior.
When a cop slams a teenage girl’s face into concrete (when given the slightest excuse) because of the lack of sex and/or sexual attention from girls he had during high school.
When a construction worker yells at children in a well-to-do neighborhood over something even though they were doing nothing wrong.
When a professor harasses the attractive student in the class because the guy or girl the professor loved in his past ended up with someone better looking.
You get the point.
Ultimately, the two R’s can explain all evils.
Why These Two Evils Exists
Their existence is very easy to understand.
From the cold-hearted view of science, your meaning in life is to pass your DNA into the future.
This means reproducing and securing resources for your offspring to survive.
Now, a lot of the evils I explained would probably hurt your chances of spreading your DNA to future generations. But these tactics did work at a time in the past and this is why you see them today.
How to Defeat These Two Evils
When you put the pursuit of resources and/or reproduction as the most important thing in your life, then by definition you are willing to hurt others to get it.
But if you put other people as the most important thing in your life, then you would never hurt them in the pursuit of resources and reproduction.
And that is the answer.
And when you do this, you will naturally gain access to reproduction rights and resources.
When you put people first, you will naturally fall in love. And what is a byproduct of love? Reproduction.
What is the byproduct of you helping other people? Resources.
And if people are truly first in your life, then you will go out of your way to fight evil to protect them. And they in return will protect you.
Remember, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Pursing Evil is a Losing Game
I can understand the temptation to do evil.
Evil certainly seems to win in the short-term. But in the long-term you’ll get caught or exposed and you’ll ultimately lose.
Do you really think our purpose in life is to just spread our DNA? If time is infinite, then even the pattern that is our genetics will disappear, eventually. And the Universe will continue without us.
No, I think our lives have much more meaning than that. And we can only find this meaning when we connect with others.