But would we be missing something to leave the impression that evil happens apart from the human experience that is common to all of us– whether awakened by rejection, fear, hopelessness, rage, abuse, neglect, mental illness, alienation, etc. Isolating evil from what we know all too well seems to ignore the way in which evil comes into… or out of us.
Jesus said, “If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children…”
Seems to me that explaining mass murder as evil– rather than that which projects in horrific terms the cold detachment by which we can in so many ways hurt one another, or ignore the pain of others–tends to separate it from the evil that better eyes see in all of us.
Note: The security guard pictured here and above stands at the door of a Milwaukee convention center. He looks like he is guarding against evil and danger. But he sees and feels nothing. After passing him a couple times, and noticing something missing in him. I took a closer look and found that he has no heart. A nearby sign explains that he is made of polyester resin.