Good and Evil

Everyone recognizes the world is filled with human wickedness of all kinds. When I ask them to share their working definition of evil, however, people are often reluctant to offer one. It’s not simply that the idea of evil is difficult to define, and it certainly is that; it’s that we realize that ideas about evil have perhaps instigated more acts of evil than our hormones could ever commit on their own. We know that good people will do good, and bad people will do bad, but it takes a doctrine about evil for good people to do bad.