Comment: Evil = Militant Ignorance

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Evil = Militant Ignorance

According to psychiatrist/author Scott Peck (The Road Less Travelled, People of the Lie - The Hope for Healing Human Evil) For the latter he used the My Lai Massacre as a case study. Peter King might rate a case study all by himself...

From Wikipedia:

"According to Peck an evil person:[6][7]

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 ("their insensitivity toward him was selective" (Peck, 1983/1988, p 105[7]))

Commonly hates with the pretense of love, for the purposes of self-deception as much as deception of others

Abuses political (emotional) power ("the imposition of one's will upon others by overt or covert coercion" (Peck, 1978/1992, p298[6]))

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

Most evil people realize the evil deep within themselves but are unable to tolerate the pain of introspection, or admit to themselves that they are evil. Thus, they constantly run away from their evil by putting themselves in a position of moral superiority and putting the focus of evil on others..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._Scott_Peck