I should be doing my project report right now, but my mind is full of thoughts after staying up into the wee hours last night and reflecting on life and the election.
I don't think there can be many people on earth who truly believe that they are an evil person, simply because then many of them would cease to function, everyone thinks that their own actions are justified.
This justification though is really just a matter of perspective, one man's justification is anothers insanity or calculated malice. We see this all the time in courts of law.
It ties into the free will vs determinism debate I guess in that in a completely determined system every action is predicated by the totality of external factors preceeding it and is thus inevitable.
On a lesser level many people are happy to accept that there are somethings that we have little or no control over such as our emotions and primative drives, which somehow leads me back to my project report… really should get on to that.
To bring it back to earth, there seem to have been many situations in my life when I have percieved actions one way only to find out later that someone else sees them in a completely different light. People are very attached to their own perspectives and I expect this is where the origin of most long running disputes lies. One man looks at the sky spitting lightning and see's an angry vengeful god punishing him, another see's an angry god punishing his neighbour and still others see a force of nature entirely explainable by science.
Often perspectives seem to me more emotionally based than rational, for example taking your friends side in an argument. Occasionally I think its fruitful to sit back and consider even your most strongly held opinions from another perspective. Think without bias why someone else might feel differently about a situation, there are probably a lot less purely evil people out there than one might expect, just people trying to get along in life.
The man who steals your wallet might be trying to feed a family of four kids, the guy who abuses you at work might have recently suffered some kind of family bereavement and the conservative candidate may really believe that his tax lowering policy is for the good of everyone.
I think that I'm going to put this under PDP since I think is a valuable life lesson in tolerance, something that I used to be accused once of having very little of. A change in me if you like.