We are developing our own definitions of evil based on our reading of No Country for Old Men.
evil generally seeks own benefit at the expense of othersmurder of innocents
genocide, killing a baby
morally objectionable behavior
morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
abuse of power
intentional pain or harm, is offensive, or threatening
dehumanizing, pain, oppression, hatred
According to M.Scott Peck: evil is a character disorder; an evil person:
Is consistently self deceiving, with the intent of avoiding guilt and maintaining a self image of perfection Deceives others as a consequence of their own self deception Projects his or her evils and sins onto very specific targets --scapegoats --while being apparently normal with everyone else Commonly hates with the pretense of love, for the purposes of self deception as much as deception of others Abuses political (emotional) power Maintains a high level of respectability and lies incessantly in order to do so Is consistent in his or her sins. Evil persons are characterized not so much by the magnitude of their sins, but by their consistency (of destructiveness) Is unable to think from the viewpoint of their victim (scapegoat) Has a covert intolerance to criticism and other forms of narcissistic injury