Evil

Evil

I find the idea of evil unbearable. It can’t exist – at least for me it can’t exist (as I can’t bear to think about it) in the way it is usually thought of: an excruciating, malevolent force in the world; something governed over or let loose by a higher power; a dark force. But without it we quickly collapse into mitigation: psychology, aetiology, sociology. Contributing factors become causes and responsibility goes wandering. We need to think about evil, what it is that gives rise to what gets called evil, because all the reasons why will not stop what is called evil happening. Perhaps this thing, this force is unstoppable, but we’ll only know about that after it becomes thinkable (and not simply left to be the work of the devil.)

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