What is evil defined as?
Well, for me I think the best I've been able to do with that question is to try to recognize and come to terms with the reality of the fact that there are human beings who are able, by convincing themselves that there's some higher good, some higher ideal to which their lives should be dedicated, that the pain and suffering of other individuals doesn't matter, it doesn't have to do with them or that it's... That they're expendable, that it's a cost that's worth making in the pursuit of these objectives. So evil for me is the absence of the imaginative sympathy for other human beings.
The absence of a moral imagination, the ability to see what the consequences of your actions are to someone else?
Yes, the inability to see your victims as human beings. To think of them as instruments or cogs or elements or statistics but not as human beings.
We took possesion ... in accordance with our customs and we caught all the people. Not one escaped. Some ran away from us, these we killed, and others we killed—but what of it? It was in accordance with our custom.
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